KOLLAM: Education and Culture Minister M.A. Baby has said that the Kerala Folklore Akademi, in association with the Department of Culture, will bring out a folklore encyclopaedia soon.
He was inaugurating a five-day State-level folk arts festival at the Kundara Ceramics Grounds, near here, on Monday.
Mr. Baby said the work on the encyclopaedia would start immediately. The cooperation of leading folk artistes of the State would be ensured for making the project a big success.
The festival, christened “Venad Utsavam,” was scheduled to be inaugurated on Sunday. But because of the Mangalore plane tragedy, the function was postponed to Monday.
The Minister distributed the 2009 fellowships, awards and Gurupuja Puraskars of the academy. Three persons got the fellowship, 25 the award and 10 the Puraskars
Mr. Baby took the opportunity at the festival to undergo some traditional adivasi medical treatment. A hand injury sustained long ago by him resulted in a minor fracture. The muscles in the fractured area continued to pain. Mr. Baby said that he had heard about the adivasi medicine practitioner Appukuttan and his skill in addressing the problem.
Since Appukuttan was at the venue as a participant in the festival, Mr. Baby decided to become his patient for some time. The treatment was traditional adivasi massage for 10 minutes. After the session, Mr. Baby said that he felt there was much relief from pain. He called for the promotion of such traditional medicine practitioners.