Thrissur: The Kerala Council for Historical Research will devote a segment to writer Kamala Suraiya in its Contemporary History Archives.
The council will launch a campaign across the world to collect and archive details about Suraiya’s life, her journeys to different parts of the world and her friendships. Meetings and interviews with her will also be documented.
“The council requests all her friends, relatives and acquaintances to share their memories about her. Even recollections of casual acquaintances may be sent as they may bring out unknown facets of her life/personality and make the archive comprehensive and meaningful,” said KCHR Chairman K.N. Panikkar, in a press release.
To ensure factual consistency in the documentation, the council has asked contributors to use the format it has prepared, and this may be downloaded from its website. Entries will be credited to contributors and it will be mandatory for researchers to acknowledge the contributions.
The council offers the facility to keep the material confidential for any specified period if the contributor wishes to.
Contributors will have the right to allow their contributions to be used only for academic purposes.
Photographs, letters and other memorabilia may also be submitted for digital preservation. The council will return the original to the contributor with a digital copy.
“She celebrated life through countless contacts. We want all those people to enrich the archive. Each and every relationship was important to her. How many Malayalis know that she had encounters with intellectual giants such as Michael Foucault or the chairman of the Nobel Committee? It will be a unique archive on a fascinating personality of our time,” said P.J. Cherian, Director of the KCHR.