It is 37 years since C.H. Kanaran passed away. When he died he was one of the greatest leaders of the Communist movement in Kerala. He was born in a poor family in Azhiyur. After passing his matriculation he has stopped his education for various reasons. During the freedom struggle he concentrated his activity in Thalassery.
He led the movement against foreign clothes in front of some foreign shops in Thalassery. He was arrested in 1932 for his struggle against imparity. After being freed from jail he spent some time for teaching. He then became a fulltime revolutinary and a congress worker. He organised farmers and beedi workers. Soon his activities spread all across Malabar. He led the beedi workers strike in 1937-39. He also became an Assembly member from Nadapuram. He was a great speaker. He was also know for his organising abilities. His war, without rest took his toll and he passed away at the age of 61.