Thunchan Festival to begin on 28 Jan 2017

28-31 Jan 2017: Thunchan Festival
The annual festival dedicated to the poet saint Thunchath Ezhuthanchan,  Organised by Thunchan Memorial Trust, Tirur (Ph: +91- 494 2422213, www.thunchanmemorial.com) in association with Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi to begin on 28 Jan 2017.  National seminar on ‘Multi Culturalism in Indian Writing’, Poets Meet, dance/music performances etc are the highlights. The four –day festival concludes on 31 Jan 2017.


The Thunchan memorial is situated at the site of the house in which the poet saint Thunchath Ezhuthachan was born, 450 years ago.  Thunchath Ezhuthachan re-wrote the two great epics "Ramayanam" and "Mahabharatham" in Malayalam that influenced the mass of Kerala. The influence of the Bhakthi movement, which had gained strength in the 16th century, is clearly visible in Ezhuthachan's Ramayanam and Mahabharatham. Thunchan's house was just one Kilometer away from the Thrikkandiyoor Temple of which the presiding deity is Lord Mahadeva.

Venue: 
Thunchan Memorial cultural Centre, Thunchan Parambu, Tirur, Malappuram Dt, Kerala (India)

Detailed programme

28 Jan 2017:
8am- recitation of Thunchath Ezhuthachan’s poetry
10am- Inagural session of Thunchan Festival
11.30- Literary Quiz for College students
1pm- Poetry competition for College students
2pm- Poets Meet: Presenting poems by Akkitham, Attoor Ravivarma, V Madhusoodanan Nair, Prabha Varma, P P Sreedaharanunni, P K Gopi, Manambur Rajan Babu, Alamkode leelakrishnan, V M Girija, Rafeek Ahammed, P P Ramachandran and J prameela Devi
5.30pm- Thunchan aArt Festival- Inagural session
6.30pm- Carnatic Vocal Concert: Vidwan Mallad Suri Babun & Malladi brothers, Mannargudi Easwaran (Mrudangam), Nagai Muraleedharan (Violin), Trippunithura Radhakrishnan (Ghadam)

29 Jan 2017
8am- Cultural procession with the iron stylus of the poet saint Thunchath Ezhuthassan
10am- National Seminar on Multi Culturalism in Indian Writing
Welcome speech- K Sreenivasa Rao, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, Newdelhi
Chair- C Radhakrishnan, (Malayalam writer)
Presentations- Ramkumar Mukhopadhyay (Bengali writer), Surya Prasad Dixit (Hindi writer), Gourahari Das (Oriya), Afternoon Session (2.30pm)- Krishnaswamy Nachimuthu (Tamil writer), Raama Chandra Mouli (Telugu writer), Narahalli Balasubramanya (Kannada writer) and Sunil P Elayidam (Malayalam writer).
6.30pm- Dance choregraphy titled ‘Kannan Kuzhal’ , based on the story of Lord Krishna through the writer Azhwars to Bharathi. Presented by Karuna Sagari with students of Bhakthi Natya Niketan, Coimbatore.

30 Jan 2017:
8am- recitation of Thunchath Ezhuthachan’s poetry
Seminar on “60 years of Kerala’
Main Lecture- P Sreeramakrishnan, Speaker, Legislative Assembly of Kerala
Other Presentations- M N Karassery (Society), M A Umman (Economy), K Jayakumar (Education),
Afternoon Session (2,30pm)- M Mukundan (culture), R V G Menon (Technology) and Sebastian Paul (Politics).
6.30pm- Classical Dance- Kuchippudi
Presented by Sneha Sasikumar, Hyderabad

31 Jan 2017:
8am- recitation of Thunchath Ezhuthachan’s poetry
10am- Thunchan Memorial Lecture
Lecture by Ramachandra Guha on ‘Eight threats to freedom of Expression’
2.30pm- Akshara Slokam
Presented by Kavikulaguru P V Krishna Varrier Akshara Sloka Parishath, Kottakkal
5.30pm- Concluding session of the Festival

6.30pm- Gazal by Sunitha Nedungadi


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