KANNUR: Social critic Sukumar Azhikode has said that the State’s cultural forms of yore that are being preserved by the Kerala Folklore Akademi have exemplified the rich cultural legacy it has inherited from what was once a gracious rural tradition.
Presenting the Kerala Folklore Akademi’s fellowships and awards for 2007 to folklore artistes here on Monday, Prof. Azhikode said that the award ceremony was an occasion to honour present practitioners of art forms that had either disappeared or experienced neglect. A day would come when the people in the State would not be able to hear ‘pulluvan pattu’, he said adding that a common aspect of all art forms was that their modes of expression and presentation were vulnerable to being outdated as society underwent changes, Prof. Azhikode said.
Stressing the important role that folk art forms played in the life of the rural folk in the State, he wondered what kind of reality was being shown by reality shows telecast by TV channels in the State.
He called on the Kerala Folklore Akademi to work for inculcating awareness about the cultural legacy of the State as part of its initiative to preserve the folk art forms.
The Kerala Folklore Akademi’s fellowships were awarded to M. Krishnan Panikkar (marathukali artiste) and N.P.K. Nair (Kakkarassi theatre artiste). The award winners are: M.R. Gopalakrishna Panikkar (Padayani), Mannur Chamiyar (Porattunatakam), Kachaerivalappil Raman Perulayan (Kothamuri dance), Raroth Meethan Narayana Peruvannan (Thirayattam), S. Ayisha Beegum (Mappilappattu), K.V. Kunhikannan Panikkar (Poorakkali Chaliya), Puthiri (Muriyattam, Pakkanarpattu), Manikkam Kollachan (folk song), Raphael Joseph (Chavittunatakam), Arrasserry Muhammad Haji (Vattapptattu), K.V. Raghavan Panikkar (Marathukali), Konnukkudiyan Kannan (Theyyam), Muthuchinna (Malappulayattam), Eeswhari Chinnakkutty (Paliyambat), Thalayal Kesavan Nair (Vilpattu), Cherupurathu Chathakutty (Cheruneeliyattam, Chakkattupattu), K.S. Gopalakrishna Pillai (Velakali), C.S. Ramakurup (Kalamezhuthu, Kaleedhariyudham), Kumaran Vayaleri (author on folklore) and N.K. Hashik (folklore student).
The Pallavur Appu Marar Smaraka Award 2007 instituted by the State government was presented to ‘Vadya’ (percussion) maestro Vellur Matom Narayana Marar at the function.
K. Sudhakaran, MLA, presided over the function.
Cultural and Tourism secretary V. Venu, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University Vice-Chancellor K.G. Paulose, registrar N.R. Gramaprakash, Folklore Akademi acting chairman V.M. Kutty and secretary A.K. Nambiar were among those present at the function.