K. M. Mathew
K. M. Mathew
Born(1917-01-02)2 January 1917
Died1 August 2010(2010-08-01) (aged 93)
Kottayam, Kerala, India
Known forChief EditorMalayala Manorama
(m. 1942; died 2003)

Kandathil Mammen Mathew[1] (2 January 1917 – 1 August 2010) was an Indian newspaper editor who served as the editor-in-chief of the Malayalam-language daily, Malayala Manorama.[2][3][4][5]


In 1998, Mathew was awarded the Padma Bhushan.[6] He has received many other awards including Foundation of Freedom of Information Award (1991), National Citizen's award (1992), Ramakrishna Jay Dayal award (1995), Durga Prasad Chaudhary award (1996), Press Academy Award (1997) and B D Goenka Award (1996).[citation needed]

On his first death anniversary, India Post issued a commemorative postage stamp.[7] At the Parliament House, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh received an album containing the stamp from Kapil Sibal, Union minister for communications and information technology. The five-rupee stamp had a print run of 300,000. The stamp, first day cover and cancellation were designed by Nenu Gupta.[citation needed]


His wife, Annamma Mathew, was a culinary expert and Chief Editor of Vanitha, who wrote under the name Mrs. K. M. Mathew. His book of memoirs, Annamma. (based on his wife),[8] was published by Penguin in Malayalam (2004) and in English (2005).


"Eighth Ring" Autobiography of K M Mathew

His autobiography titled Ettamathe Mothiram[9][10][11] (The Eighth Ring) was published in 2008.


  1. ^ "PM condoles the passing away of Malayala Manorama Chief Editor, K.M.Mathew". Dr. Manmohan Singh. Prime Minister's Office. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  2. ^ President condoles death of K M Mathew. Hindustan Times. 1 August 2010.
  3. ^ "President, Manmohan, Sonia, condole death of K. M. Mathew". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Press Trust of India. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Doyen of Indian media, K M Mathew passes away". Ndtv.com. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Malayala Manorama Chief Editor K.M. Mathew passes away". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ "K.M. Mathew an Indian legend, says Manmohan". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 3 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Annamma". Easternbookcorporation.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Ettamathe Mothiram". Indulekha. 20 February 2008. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Ettamathe Mothiram by K. M. Mathew". Indiaplaza.in. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  11. ^ "Ettamathe Mothiram". manoramaonline.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.