Kayyara Kinhanna Rai was an Indian independence activist, author, poet, journalist, teacher and farmer. Rai first learned Kannada in school. Later he published his first handwritten journal, Susheela, at the age of 12.
He was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and also participated in the freedom movement of India. During this period he married Unyakka and is a father to eight children.
Rai started his career as a secondary school teacher. He also delved into journalism and contributed his writings to newspapers like Swabhimana, Madras Mail and The Hindu.
He received the National Award for Best Teacher in 1969. Rai had a natural death from old age at his residence at Kallakalia near Badiyadka, Kasaragod, Kerala on 9 August 2015 at the age of 100.
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