Social revolutions often give rise to new thoughts, ways of life and changed structures. Sometimes these revolutions are silent, just like what Kunchan Nambiar did by challenging the then existent, upper-caste dominated art forms in Kerala. He developed Ottan Thullal, a satirical art form that has lived through centuries and continues to entertain the people in Kerala. The Kunchan Nambiar Smarakam in Ambalappuzha is a fitting tribute to the legendary poet. Estalblished in the year of 1967, the memorial is functioning under the Department of Culture of the Government of Kerala.
Though born in Palakkad, Nambiar spent most of his life in Ambalappuzha and even created 'Thullal’ while he resided there. Hence this memorial throws light into his life, work and art. The memorial is constructed right in the place where Nambiar was buried. The building is constructed in the traditional Kerala architectural style and is visited by hundreds of people who come to pay homage to the legendary poet. One of the main intentions of the Kunchan Nambiar Smarakam is to promote and popularise traditional Kerala art forms. The centre imparts Thullal classes to many students under the guidance of able and noted Thullal artists.