The Kerala Latin Catholic Association will organise a three-day celebration of coastal literature and culture, starting November 23, as part of the ruby jubilee celebrations of the association.

The programme, ‘Theeram — Ezhuthu, Samskaaram’ (The coast — writings and culture), will be attended by the leading lights of coastal culture and literature, exponents of traditional arts as well as language experts, said Shaji George, president of the KLCA.

A cultural procession will be flagged off from Arthunkal on November 22 and received at Fort Kochi at 5 p.m. on the following day to the accompaniment of the traditional brass band that is now part and parcel of the coastal life.

Molly Puthenthode, Chavittunatakam artiste, will hoist the flag at the Fort Kochi venue of the programme, where Chavittunatakam artistes will be honoured. Bishop of the Diocese of Alappuzha Stephen Athippozhi will be the chief guest on the occasion. Minster for Fisheries and Ports K. Babu and Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany are scheduled to participate.

Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs K.V. Thomas will inaugurate a series of workshops on November 24. Bishop of the Diocese of Cochin Joseph Kariyil will preside over the function. Editor-in-charge of Bhashaposhini K.C. Narayanan will deliver the keynote address at the inauguration of the workshops. Dominic Presentation and Ahmed Kabeer, MLAs; are expected to be present at the function.

The workshop, on the following day, will focus on writings from the coastal areas, in which award-winning script writer P. F. Mathews will participate along with novelist Sebastian Pallithode, Nelson Fernandez and M.V. Benny of Samastha Kerala Sahitya Parishad.

Another of the workshops will focus on the contributions made by the coastal area to culture, which will be inaugurated by Coir Board chairman G. Balachandran. Writer Sippy Pallippuram and secretary of the Dheevara Sabha V. Dinakaran will be among those present at the workshop. Former MP T. J. Angelose and former Mayor of Kochi K. J. Sohan will speak.

Former MP Sebastian Paul will inaugurate a seminar on the sea and world literature. Another seminar, on the coast and art forms will be inaugurated by the director of Kripasanam, Alappuzha, V.P. Joseph. Senior journalist K. M. Roy will speak on Kochi and the freedom movement.

The valedictory function, scheduled for 5 p.m. on November 25, will be inaugurated by the Chairman of the Public Service Commission K.S. Radhakrishnan.

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