Thinakkal Padmanabhan, popularly known as T. Padmanabhan (born 1931 in Kannur, Kerala) is a short story writer in Malayalam. After education, he embarked on a career as a factory employee. In 1989, he retired as the general deputy manager. He has written 162 stories. Prakasam Parathunna Oru Penkutty (The Girl Who Spreads Radiance, 1955), Oru Kathakrithu Kurishil (A Story Writer being Crucified, 1956), Makhan Singhinte Maranam (The Death of Makhan Singh, 1958), Kala Bhairavan and Gouri (1993) are some of his major works. His stories has been translated in almost every Indian languages and foreign languages such as Russian, French and English. He received the Vaylar Award in 2001 for his story Puzha Kadannu Marangalude Edayileku. He has also received Vallathol Award and Lalithambika Andharjanam Award.