Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thunchan fete draws crowds

Hundreds of Malayalam lovers visited Thunchanparamba, the home of Malayalam language’s patriarch Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, since this year’s Thunchan literary fete began at Tirur on February 3.

For writers and readers of Malayalam, it is the largest literary festival being held in the State. A three-day national seminar on dissent, protest and literature, organised jointly by the Thunchan Memorial Trust and the Kendra Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, in honour of Kamala Suraiyya concluded on Friday.

Presiding over a session on crystalisation of women consciousness in Malayalam literature, Sanskrit scholar C.A. Varier said that it was the socio-political awakening that gave Malayali women a recognisable voice. Even in old Sanskrit plays, women and ordinary people spoke an unrefined language, he said. Sunil P. Elayidam spoke on early development of women consciousness through periodicals and journals. K.S. Ravikumar spoke on problematising the issue in poetry and fiction.

Full report here Hindu

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