Writer and social activist Sukumar Azhikode has said that neglecting Malayalam is the root cause of the erosion of the State's dominant values. He was addressing a meeting held here on Thursday as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of ‘Vaikhari', alumni association of Sree Kerala Varma College.

“Malayalam words are fast becoming redundant in modern life. Artists and writers should strive to check this trend,” he said.

He recalled the contribution of Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan to Malayalam language.

Writer Punathil Kunjabdulla delivered the keynote address. Poet Akkitham, Mohiniyattom danseuse Kalamandalam Kshemavathy and Koodiyattom exponent Kidangoor Rama Chakayar were felicitated at the function.

Among those present on the occasion were Corporation health standing committee chairman C.S. Sreenivasan, Cochin Devaswom Board president M.C.S. Menon, CPI(M) district secretary Baby John, BJP district president B. Gopalakrishnan, former Mayor R. Bindu, writer Sethu and actor Jayaraj Warrier.

A poets' meet followed. The participants included Akkitham, K.G. Sankara Pillai, D. Vinayachandran, Madhaan Ayyapathu, Mullenezhi, Balachandran Chullikkad, Ravunni, K.V. Baby, K.K. Hiranyan and N.P. Chandrasekharan.

‘Payyannur Pattukal', written by T. Pavithran, and the complete works of poet Ravunni were released at the function. An audio-visual presentation based on Vailoppilly Sreedhara Menon's poem, ‘Mambazham' was presented.

Earlier, a procession was taken out from West Fort to Sree Kerala Varma College.