Staff Reporter

KANNUR: Swami Anandatheertha is among the renaissance figures who played a prominent role in initiating social reforms in the region as he has envisioned a social order that gives opportunities to all regardless of their caste and religious barriers. He has blended spirituality and Gandhism and dedicated his life to the cause of the uplift of the marginalised communities.

It is to highlight the contributions of the Swami Anandatheertha and to pay him a rich tribute that the Kannur University is organising a one-day seminar on `Renaissance, Religion and Modernity: The Mission of Swami Anandatheertha.'

The seminar, to be held at the Chamber Hall here on August 10, will be inaugurated by social critic Sukumar Azhikode. Vice-Chancellor of the university P. Chandramohan will preside over the function.

Seminar coordinator Balachandran Keezhoth said in a press release here on Monday that the seminar, being organised in association with the Swami Anandatheertha Birth Centenary Celebration Committee, Payyannur, was to evaluate the role played by the swami in the State's cultural and historical spheres in the recent past.

Former Indian Council of Historical Research chairman M.G.S. Narayanan would deliver keynote address on `Religion and Social Reform Trends in Malabar'. Eminent scholars would present papers and lead discussions, he said.

M. Gangadharan, B. Mohammed Ahammed, Mahesh Mangalat, Kalpetta Narayanan, K.K. Baburaj and E.P. Rajagopalan would be among those presenting the papers. Valedictory session would be attended by Pro Vice-Chancellor K. Kunhikrishnan and birth celebration committee president M.K. Raghavan.