The event was started in the 14th century by the Zamorins
KOZHIKODE: Revathy Pattathanam, an annual cultural event that re-enacts the scholarly examinations held during the days of the Zamorins, was held here with various programmes on Tuesday.
‘Pattathana Sadas,’ a get-together of scholars, was held in the morning. P.K.S Raja, head of the Zamorin family of Kozhikode, presented a purse to honour Kalloor Madhavan Namboodiripad, a scholar at the ‘sadas.’ The event was held at the entrance to the Tali temple. The winner was chosen by Sri Kudalloor Namboodiripad.
Revathi Pattathanam was a scholarly examination held for seven days from the ‘Revathi’ star to the ‘Thiruvathira’ star in the Malayalam month of Thulam. This event was started in the 14th century by the Zamorins. The winner was conferred the title ‘Bhattar.’
Later in the day, P.K.S. Raja was led to the Zamorin Guruvayurappan School auditorium in a procession comprising caparisoned elephants, ‘thalappoli,’ ‘panchavadyam’ (percussion ensemble), a light lit at the Tali temple and a picture of Lord Mahadeva. Swami Adhyatmananda Saraswathi, head of the Chinmaya Mission in Kozhikode, formally inaugurated the Revathi Pattathanam programmes. He also delivered a talk on ‘Influence of the Upanishads on the Bhagavad Gita.’
A ‘vakyarthasadas,’ and an ‘aksharasloka sadas’ were also held later in the day. A.K.B. Nair and Thuravoor Viswambharan delivered lectures on different topics.
P.K.S. Raja presented the Krishnageethi Award to poet Vishnunarayanan Namboodiri at the valedictory function in the evening. The award for the best temple artist was presented to Krishnanattom artiste Damodaran Nair on the occasion. Anwar Jahan Zuberi, Vice-Chancellor, Calicut University, presided.
Kathakali and Krishnanattam performances were also held later.