Literary critic Prof. Sukumar Azhikode has said that more studies were needed on the poet Changampuzha.
Delivering the inaugural address at the valedictory function of the five-day celebrations organised by Changampuzha Samskarika Samithi to mark the launch of a year-long celebrations to commemorate the birth centenary of Changampuzha, Prof. Azhikode said that the late poet lives in the hearts of people even many years after his death.
A look at the list of those in the field of literature who passed away during the same era as Changampuzha will confirm this, he said.
He said that no poet, maybe with the exception of Kumaranasan, had provoked such differing opinions. Prof. Azhikode said that poets had this unique ability of entering people's hearts without their permission.
Changampuzha was always concerned about the future of poetry when alive, he said.
Differing with the opinion of writer Chemmanam Chacko, who had criticised recently the increasing presence of politicians at literary events, Prof. Azhikode said that politicians should in fact be encouraged to participate more and more in such events so as to expose them to a world outside politics.
Advice to scientists
He said that the scientific community had the responsibility to ensure that its discoveries made at a huge cost weren't misused.
Literary critic M. Thomas Mathew also spoke. Changampuzha Smaraka Grandhasala president N. Chandramohanakumar presided.
Diana Tom, a student of Assumption College, Changanacherry, who emerged winner in an essay competition on the imagery in Changampuzha poems was also presented an award on the occasion.