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Now, a Neermathalam to keep her memories alive

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Evergreen soul:Speaker G. Karthikeyan, Cultural Affairs MinisterK.C. Joseph, former Additional Chief Secretary D. Babu Paul, and ADGPB. Sandhya at a function organised to commemorate Kamala Suraiyaon her fourth death anniversary in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.–Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar
Evergreen soul:Speaker G. Karthikeyan, Cultural Affairs MinisterK.C. Joseph, former Additional Chief Secretary D. Babu Paul, and ADGPB. Sandhya at a function organised to commemorate Kamala Suraiyaon her fourth death anniversary in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.–Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar

The unique bond between Malayalam’s very own Kamala Suraiya and ‘neermathalam’ (Three-leaved caper) is well known. Her poignant work ‘Neermathalam Poothakalam’ is a tribute to this bond and it is only apt that Manaveeyam Veedhi, a venue intended for cultural and literary activities in the city, gets the shade of Kamala’s beloved neermathalam tree.

In connection with her fourth death anniversary, poet Sugathakumari planted a neermathalam sapling at a function organised by Vanithakala Sahithi, the women’s wing of Yuvakala Sahithi, in the city on Saturday.

Speaking at the function, Ms. Sugathakumari said Kamala Suraiya’s poems always had an impact on people and that they would remain in their hearts for years to come.

Writer George Onakkoor reminisced about the bond he shared with the multi-hued writer. He also read out a few lines from ‘Neermathalam Poothakalam.’

The session began with an audio presentation of Kamala’s poems, set to tune by noted music composer the late M.G. Radhakrishnan, with an introductory note by the poet herself, which the audience listened to in awe. The sapling, handed over to Sugathakumari by freedom fighter Koothattukulam Mary, found its place within a specially built platform on the ‘veedhi.’ The organisation also distributed bookmarks carrying Kamala’s picture and poetry.

Yuvakala Sahithi and Vanithakala Sahithi urged the government to take initiative to beautify the walls along the Manaveeyam Veedhi with the pictures and words of litterateurs in order to promote Malayalam, which received the classical language status recently.

‘Positive response’

Speaking to The Hindu later, Mr. Onakkoor, who had discussed the proposal with Cultural Affairs Minister K.C. Joseph at another function on the same day, said the Minister had given a positive response to the proposal.

“The Minister has promised to look into the possibility of restricting traffic on the veedhi, and has come up with the idea of a permanent venue near the Panchayat Association Hall at Vellayambalam for cultural activities. He also agreed to the idea of painting the walls of the veedhi,” he added.

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