The Pathanamthitta District Panchayat and State Archeology Department have jointly celebrated the 247th birth anniversary of Veluthampi Dalawa at the Veluthampi Memorial at Mannady near Adoor on Friday.

Mr Babu George, District Panchayat president, inaugurated the history seminar held in the forenoon.

Dr T.P.Sankarankutty Nair, eminent historian, delivered the keynote address. Dr Varghese Perayil, head of the department of History at St Cyril’s College at Adoor, Ms P.Vijayamma, district panchayat president, L.Ushakumari, Kadambanad grama panchayat vice-president and M.R.Jayaprasad, vice-president, also spoke.

Mr K.C.Venugopal, Union Minister of State for Power, inaugurated the birth anniversary celebrations held, later, in the afternoon.