Born to Chacko and Mumnayat Eliyamma in 1914, Dominic Chacko Kizhakemuri showed all signs of making it big in life from a very early age. He became a teacher at a young age of 16 and was much loved by his students. Fondly known as Kochusaar, mesubng young teacher, DC was a figure the students looked up to. From founding the NBS, to writing acclaimed political satires for Malayalam dailies to being a recipient of the Padmabhushan on January 26th, 1999 - the day he breathed his last; DC's achievements are many.
A look into his illustrious life that had a striking milestone on every turnů
||Dominic Chacko Kizhakemuri was born to Chacko and
- Passed Secondary School Learning Certificate.
- Became a teacher when he was just 16 years of age at Kanjirappally. He was known as ‘Kochusaar’.
- Later, passed TTC from Changanassery. Served 12 years as a teacher.
- Became a part of the INC and conducted many freedom fight meetings.
||Active member of the INC who conducted meetings with K.J. Thomas.
||Founded the Sahrudaya Granthasala (Library) with K J Thomas as secretary and DC as a committee member..
- Became the editor of the Annual Publication of Sahrudaya Granthasala
- Resigned as teacher and became a farmer.
- Accepted Ponkunnam Varkey’s invite and came to Kottayam to start National Book Stall.
- Started NBS in Kalarickkal with 5 members. It lasted only for a month. Ponkunnam Varkey then took over the entire partnership and became the owner. That didn’t last long to. Finally, P T Chacko, Mathew Msubangadan, M C Mathew, V T Mammen and DC decided to run the bookstall.
- Sahitya Pravartaka Sahakarana Sangham was registered and started operation.
- DC was the fifth partner in SPSS. Their first publication was ‘Thakazhiyude Kathakal’
- Became the Manager at NBS.
- It was after reaching Kottayam that he came to be known as DC.
- DC was one of the founding fathers of the Kerala Granthasala Sangham which was started in Ambalappuzha.