Ayyappa Paniker was a leading modern poet of Malayalam and an English teacher. He was born on 12th September 1930 at Kavalam village of Kuttanad in Kerala. He did his (Hons) from the University of Travancore, Masters Degree from the University of Kerala, M.A and Ph.D from Indiana University (USA). He served as professor at CMS College, Kottayam; University College, Thiruvananthapuram and at the Institute of English (University of Kerala). He was professor and Head of the Department, Institute of English from 1980 till his retirement in 1990.
Dr. Ayyappa Paniker began writing poems during his high school days. He published articles on poetic geniuses like Shelley, T,S Eliot and others. These were published in Malayalam weekly Kaumudy and Democrat in the 1950s. Initially, he was, to a great extent, influenced by Changampuzha. Later, he moved to modern poetry.
His important works include ‘Gothrayanam’, ‘Kurukshethram’, Kavita samaharangal (poetry collections). He passed away on 23rd August 2006.