January 2 - S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan (Sathamangalam Ranga Iyengar Srinivasa Varadhan) FRS was born in Madras, British India. He is an Indian American mathematician who is known for creating a unified theory of large deviations in probability. He received Padma Bhushan Award in 2008 and many other International awards.
January 10 - K. J. Yesudas (Kattassery Joseph Yesudas) was born in Fort Kochi, Cochin. He is a playback singer and composer. He rendered more than 50,000 songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tulu, Malay, Russian, Arabic, Latin and English. He received many awards inlcuding Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and seven National Awards for Best Playback Singer.
December 28 - A. K. Antony (Arackaparambil Kurien Antony) was born in Cherthala, Travancore, British India. He is the current Defence Minister of India (as of December 2012). He is the Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha. He is the former Chief Minister of Kerala.
January 1 - Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimha Rao was died at age 74. He is one of the famous modern Telugu writers. He was one of the three famous writers of those days - Chilakamarthy Lakshmi Narasimham, Koochi Narasimham and Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimham - popularly known as Simha Trayam.