The man who revolutionized the Malayalam publishing industry, DC Kizhakemuri fondly called DC is a name synonymous with books and publishing. His vision and mission made him several notches above others when it comes to books and publishing.
His forecasting eye and timely action made the abolition of sales tax on books and were so successful that they were implemented on a national level. DC Kizhakemuri was the first columnist in Malayalam and made him the man of the masses. He is well known for his wit and sheer brilliance.
The visionary, publisher and guiding force of DC Group was born on 12 January 1914 in Kanjirapally in Kottayam district of Kerala. Being a man of principles and high integrity DC Kizhakemuri was naturally drawn to India’s freedom struggle. DCs destiny was however, inextricably linked with books. DC passionately believed in quality publishing, innovative promotion schemes and realistic pricing and played a major role in the transformation of publishing houses.
National Book Stall in Kottayam was opened by DC along with his friends Ponkunnam Varkey, P T Chacko and K J Thomas. Soon after that, Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative Society (SPCS) along with M P Paul and Karur Neelakantapillai was started by DC Kizhakemuri. The first of its kind in Asia, SPCS published the best of works in Malayalam and worked for the welfare of the writers.
In 1949 under the dynamic stewardship of DC, NBS and SPCS joined forces and the merger kick started a new age in Malayalam publishing and production. The NBS network covered all the districts in Kerala and SPCS emerged as the biggest publisher.