A bust of ‘Changala' (chain) Kumaran, revolutionary freedom fighter and Gandhian, sculpted by his son and Kathakali artiste, Sadanam Harikumar, will be unveiled by poet Ravunny, secretary, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, in the precincts of Perur Gandhi Sevasadanam on his 90th birth anniversary on Tuesday. Kumaran died in March 2005.
‘Changala' Kumaran got that name from the nature of his imprisonment: his hands and legs were in chains while he was in jail initially in Bellary and later in Alipuram.
After Independence, as Mahatma Gandhi called upon his followers to go to the villages and work for their development, Kumaran came to Perur in Palakkad and established the sevasadanam and the Sadanam Kathakali Academy. In addition to academic studies, the sevasadanam imparted training in paper-making, soap-making, weaving, agriculture, martial arts such as Kalaripayattu, Kathakali and related activities.
Luminaries such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Jayaprakash Narayan, K.M. Munshi, Kamaraj, and Vinoba Bhave had visited the institutions. The academy has produced many famous artistes such as Cherpulassery Sivan, Sadanam Krishnankutty, Mattannur Sankarankutty, Narippatta Narayanan Namboodiri, Sadanam Balakrishnan and Sadanam Harikumar.
Harikumar's terracotta sculpture will be unveiled in front of Kumaran Memorial Natyagriham.