Seminar on 'Kalamezhuthu' held as part of National Folklore Festival

: Any academic venture would be rendered meaningless and incomplete if it failed to explore the real life of the people and understand the cultural milieu, Calicut University Vice-Chancellor M. Abdul Salam said.

Inaugurating a national seminar on ‘Kalamezhuthu,' a centuries-old ritualistic art form, held as part of a week-long National Folklore Festival, organised by the City Corporation, at the Town Hall and the Kandamkulam Jubilee Hall here on Monday, Dr. Salam urged the academic community to absorb fresh energy by exploring the centuries-old customs and tradition of the land.

Stressing the importance of initiating further studies into traditional knowledge, Dr. Salam said the academic community had the responsibility of recovering and reintroducing the knowledge and wisdom of the ancient man, including the knowledge of tribal people about plants and the universe, for the benefit of the present and future generation.

He said huge amounts of funds were available for studies and research in this area. “The university (Calicut Cuniversity) is also ready to academically and economically support any such meaningful venture with this objective, which will ultimately enrich our nation and culture” he said. The Vice-Chancellor also lauded the efforts of the School of Folklore Studies at the university in reaching out to the people to understand their cultural ethos and traditions in a meaningful way.

Experts in the field, including N.B. Reddy from Andhra Pradesh, M.N. Venkitesh from Tamil Nadu and Vijayakumar Menon from Kerala, presented papers on the topic. M. Dasan, Head of Department of English Language and Literature, Kannur University, was the moderator of the seminar.

Festival director Raghavan Payyanad and head of the School of Folklore Studies E.K. Govindavarma Raja, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Traditional artists laid a variety of Kalams at the Jubilee Hall as part of the festival. Artist Madanan inaugurated the ‘Kalamezhuthu' by lighting a traditional lamp. ‘Agnibhairavan Theyyam' was performed as part of the festival at the Town Hall in the evening.

A team led by Mundoor Ramachandra Panikkar performed the Theyyam.