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Demand for classical status for Malayalam justified: poet

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Power of language: Poet Akkitham (left) and writer Vaisakhan at a meeting to observe Cherussery Day in Thrissur on Wednesday. — Photo: K. K. Najeeb
Power of language: Poet Akkitham (left) and writer Vaisakhan at a meeting to observe Cherussery Day in Thrissur on Wednesday. — Photo: K. K. Najeeb

Poet Akkitham has said the demand for classical status for Malayalam is justified by the mere fact that a masterly literary creation such as Cherussery's ‘Krishnagatha' has been written in the language.

He was addressing a meeting to observe Cherussery Day at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi here on Wednesday. “There is a general belief that there is nothing substantial in pre-Ezhuthachan Malayalam literature. This is wrong,” he said.

He observed that ‘Krishnagatha' established the power of Malayalam language. “The simplicity, depth and euphony of the poem is amazing. Verses of ‘Krishnageetha' reminds me of my mother who used to recite them,” he said. Earlier, he released a book, ‘Cherussery Pranamam', edited by S. K. Vasanthan. P. P. K. Poduval delivered the Cherussery Memorial Lecture.

Writer Lalitha Lenin also spoke. Murali Puranattukara recited excerpts from ‘Krishnagatha'. Cherussery Namboodiri is believed to have lived between 1375 and 1475 AD.

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