Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Writer P. Govinda Pillai has said that the Purogamana Kalasahithya Sanghom is not a feeder organisation of any political party.

Inaugurating the 8th State conference of the sanghom here on Friday, Mr. Govinda Pillai said the sanghom was the confluence of persons who stood together against communalism. The sanghom, he said, was guided by the document that it had adopted at the Perumbavoor conference defining itself as a collective of all those who upheld the values of humanism. There was now a contention that there were no artists and poets in the sanghom. He said it was not headlines in newspapers that guided the sanghom and its workers were not people who would go after what some people said about it. The contention that there were no writers in the sanghom was mainly due to the fact that its activists were Left leaning. The sanghom had grown thanks to the joint efforts of hundreds of geniuses, Mr. Govinda Pillai added.

Sanghom president Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan chaired the inaugural session. Earlier, delegates to the conference marched to the Martyrs' Column and offered floral tributes.

Later, at a function organised as part of the conference to felicitate eminent cultural activists, Minister for Cultural Affairs M.A. Baby called upon the sanghom to become the focal point of resistance to all assaults on artistic freedom. P. Govinda Pillai, M.K. Sanu, Puthussery Ramachandran, Kedamangalam Sadanandan, Nilambur Ayisha, P.K.R. Warrier and Andalatt were honoured with mementos at the function.