Staff Reporter

Writers from all over the country to be present at Thunchan Parambu

TIRUR: This year's Thunchan Festival will begin at the Thunchan Memorial Cultural Centre here on Wednesday. The five-day festival will coincide with the Edasseri centenary celebrations and a South Indian poets' conference. The Thunchan Memorial Trust, Kendra Sahitya Akademi, Edasseri Smaraka Samiti and the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, will jointly organise the literary festival.

The festivities will start with the recitation of Thunchan Ezhuthachan's poetry on February 1. Oriya writer and Saraswathi Samman laureate Pratibha Ray will inaugurate the literary festival at 9.30 a.m. and chairman of the Thunchan Memorial Trust M.T. Vasudevan Nair will preside over the function.

Indranath Chaudhari, former secretary of the Sahitya Akademi, will inaugurate the Edassery centenary seminar. Poet Akkitham will preside over the session. Critic Sukumar Azhikode will deliver the keynote address.

Poet Sugatha Kumari will deliver the Thunchan memorial lecture on Wednesday afternoon. D. Jayakantan, writer, will deliver the `samvatsar lecture' later.

Thunchan Kalotsvam will be inaugurated by filmmaker Blessy on Wednesday evening.