A teacher who raised a village

Students come together in memory of Komukkutty who ran an othu pallikkoodam

On Sunday, the village of Chennamanglur in Kozhikode will witness a get-together of old students unlike any other. At least 200 students aged 60 to 90 will come together in memory of their first teacher, Komukkutty.

The teacher was Komukkuttiakka for everyone in Chennamangalur, where he ran an othu pallikkoodam (where children were initiated into language and basic knowledge) in a big shed near his house about 50 years ago. In the little school active between 1935 and 1965, he taught the village children Malayalam and Arabic alphabet and trained them in calligraphy and pronunciation. He also gave them insights into Islamic rituals and prayers.

“It was utter poverty at home. Yet, he did not charge his students for the lessons,” said C.T. Abdurahim, his son, whose writings on the history of Chennamangalur has shed light on the teacher to the younger generation.

Komukkuttiakka passed away in 1967 and so have most of his students. However, about 300 of them are alive, the youngest being 60-years-old.

“He was respected by the people here. He was well-versed in Mappilappattu. His handwriting was very good, and people used to approach him to write notices at a time when printing was not easy,” recalled Mr. Abdurahim.

The get-together in memory of the “teacher of the whole village” will be held at Good Hope English School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It is being organised by Komukkutty Commemoration Committee headed by the children of his students.

Chennamangalur: Ormayum Alochanayum, an anthology of essays by Mr. Abdurahim will be released later. Actor-director Sidhartha Siva, George M. Thomas, MLA, and M.M. Basheer are expected to take part in the event.

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