master sculptor created his first piece of public art, Yakshi , at Malampuzha in 1969 He was the Chairman of the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi in 1978 and 2001 and was a member of the Central Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.. . .
Kanayi created the Fertility and Moorthi sculptures on the FACT premises at Ambalamedu, under the direction of M.K.K. Nair, General Manager and Managing Director of the company, in 1971 . .
In 1973, he created Mukkola Perumal in front of the Greater Cochin Development Authority headquarters in Ernakulam. . . .
Among his major works are the large-size Shangu , Madanthara , Amma , Embrace , Embryo , Sunset , Lotus , Infinity and Nandi created in the Veli tourism village in Thiruvanathapuram in 1986.
His Sagarakanyaka (1992) and relaxation sculpture (1995) on the Shangumughom beach in Thiruvanathapuram are major attraction .
Kanayi recalled his major works such as those at Payyambalam in Kannur; Kumaranasan Smarakom at Thonnakkal, Thiruvananthapuram; an environmental sculpture at Panjab University, Patiala (1980); Nandi at Malampuzha (1969); a fountain sculpture at Hotel Karthika, Kollam (1974); and an environmental sculpture at the Chithrakala Parishad Art Complex, Bangalore
He had made full-size bronze statues of famous people like Netaji Subas Chandra Bose, Pattom Thanu Pillai, E.M.S. Namboodiripad and Sree Chithira Tirunal in Thiruvanathapuram; Mannathu Padmanabhan at Vaikom; and Sree Narayana Guru in Ernakulam
Aksharamata sculpture at the 132-year-old Kottayam Public Library. This 60-foot-high work would be the tallest he had done. : . . ..