P. K. Warrier
BornPanniyampally Krishnankuty Warrier
(1921-06-05)5 June 1921
Kottakkal, Malabar District, Madras Presidency, British India
(present day Malappuram, Kerala, India)
Died10 July 2021(2021-07-10) (aged 100)[1]
Kottakkal, Malappuram, Kerala, India
OccupationAyurveda practitioner
Period20th century
Notable awards

Panniyampally Krishnankuty Warrier (5 June 1921 – 10 July 2021) was an Indian Ayurveda practitioner. He was born in Kottakkal, Malappuram district in the Indian state of Kerala.[2] He was the chief Physician and Managing trustee of Arya Vaidya Sala.[3] He was the youngest nephew of Vaidyaratnam P. S. Varier, the founder of Arya Vaidya Sala.


Panniyampally Krishnankuty Warrier was born on 5 June 1921 in Kottakkal, Malabar District. His parents were Thalappanna Sreedharan Namboothiri and Panniyampally Kunchi Varasyar. He was the youngest of their six children. He had his education from Raja's High School, Kottakkal and Zamorin's High School at Kozhikode. He studied Ayurveda in Arya Vaidya Pathasala (now called Vaidyaratnam P. S. Varier Ayurveda College). He married Late Madhavikutty K. Varier, a poet and a Kathakali writer. He was Managing Trustee of the Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) in Kottakkal and was also AVS's Chief Physician.[4]

His writings, speeches and research papers have been compiled under the title Padamudrakal. He established a research laboratory for the identification of medicinal plants and to ascertain the chemical identity of their pharmaceutical constituents which grew into the Centre for Medicinal Plants Research.[5]

He turned 100 in 2021.[6] His 100th birthday was celebrated despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A month later, on 10 July 2021, he died at his home in Kottakkal from COVID-19.[7][8][9] His body was cremated at the premises of his home on the same day. He is survived by two of his three children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His wife and one son predeceased him.


He wrote and published several research papers in ethnopharmacology and Ayurveda and co-authored the five volume treatise Indian Medicinal Plants – A Compendium of 500 Species.[10]

Awards and honours

In 1999, he was awarded an honorary D.Litt by University of Calicut.[11] He won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Biography and Autobiography for Smrithi Parvam in 2008 and received the 30th Dhanvanthri Award from the then-governor of Maharashtra, P. C. Alexander, in 2010.[12] Warrier received the Padma Shri in 1999[13] and the Padma Bhushan Award in 2010 from the Government of India for his contribution to Ayurveda.[14][15][16] Other notable awards include the "International Bhoopalman Singh Award" from Nepal, the "Dr. Poulos Mar Gregorios Award" for his contribution to the development of Ayurveda and the ‘Management Leadership Award’ instituted by Kerala Management Association (KMA),[17] and the 2009 T. K. Ramakrishnan Award instituted by Abu Dhabi Sakthi Theatres.[18] A plant discovered by scientists at the Centre for Medicinal Plants Research of Kottakkal Aryavaidya Sala was named Gymnostachyum warrieranum in his honour.[19]


  1. ^ Gangadharan, G. G. (2010). "Padmashri P. K. Warrier, Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal". Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 1 (1): 66–67. doi:10.4103/0975-9476.59831. ISSN 0975-9476. PMC 3149397. PMID 21829305.
  2. ^ GG Gangadharan. "Padmashri P. K. Warrier, Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal". Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  3. ^ "About Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala". Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  4. ^ GG Gangadharan. "Padmashri P. K. Warrier, Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal". Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  5. ^ NS Arun. "P.K. Warrier—Epitome of a Glowing Ayurveda Tradition". Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  6. ^ "P.K. Warrier—Epitome of a Glowing Ayurveda Tradition | Ayurveda Magazine".
  7. ^ "Dr PK Warrier, man who brought Ayurveda to masses, dies at 100". The Indian Express. 10 July 2021. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  8. ^ K. R. Rajeev (10 July 2021). "Kerala: Doyen of Ayurveda, Dr P K Warrier passes away | Kozhikode News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Ayurveda doyen PK Warrier passes away aged 100". 10 July 2021.
  10. ^ GG Gangadharan. "Padmashri P. K. Warrier, Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal". Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Calicut University honorary degree recipients" (PDF). University of Calicut. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  12. ^ "30th Dhanvantari Award conferred to Dr. P. K. Warrier". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  13. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  14. ^ Padma Bhushan Awardees
  15. ^ "Aamir, Rahman awarded Padma Bhushan". The Hindustan Times. 31 March 2010. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  16. ^ "AMMOI felicitates Dr P K Warrier, E T Narayanan Mooss in Thrissur". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  17. ^ "Dr. P. K. Warrier - Keral Tourism".
  18. ^ "അബുദാബി ശക്തി അവാർഡുകൾ". Puzha.com. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2023.
  19. ^ Staff Reporter (19 February 2016). "Western Ghats plant named after P.K. Warrier". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
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