Known as a visionary in Ayurveda and a pioneer in ayurvedic ophthalmology, Dr. NPP Namboothiri passed away on 7th February 2018 in Koothattukulam. He was 68 and had been on treatment following an illness for the past few months. He is well-known as the brain behind Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital and Research Centre. He is the son of renowned Ayurveda physician Brahmashri Parameswaran Namboothiri.
After acquiring a professional qualification in Ayurveda, he was in government service for around 3 decades and during this period he made a name for himself as an Ayurvedic ophthalmologist. During his tenure, he was able to treat and cure many eye diseases that other medicinal methods had failed to cure. After retiring from the government service, Dr. NPP Namboothiri along with his elder brother Sri N P Narayanan Namboothiri laid foundation to Sreedhareeyam, the Ayurvedic Eye Hospital and Research Centre, in Nelliakkattu Mana
Among his many national and international accolades were the Vocational Excellence Award for outstanding achievements in the field of Ayurvedic ophthalmology presented by Rotary International in 2002, Rashtriya Rattan Award for outstanding individual achievements and distinguished services to the nation conferred by the Global Economic Council in 2003 and the Pride of India award presented by the Global Economic Council in 2004. Namboothiri is survived by wife Jayasree P Namboothiri and children Dr Sreekala, Sreeraj, Dr Sreekanth and Sreedevi. The cremation was held on Wednesday evening with full state honours.