Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The birth anniversary of Fr. Abel, founder of Kalabhavan, was celebrated here on Thursday. Education Minister M.A. Baby inaugurated the function. He spoke of how Fr. Abel played a crucial role in moulding Kalabhavan into a big organisation. He said that the request for financial help to the body would be taken up.

Those who spoke on the occasion included James Kulathumkal, Kalabhavan president; Andrew Nettikaden, treasurer; actor Tesni Khan and managing committee member K.A. Ali Akbar. Ms. Khan spoke of the role played by the organisation in moulding many of today's popular actors. Cultural programmes followed the inaugural function.