KERALA

Basheer birth centenary

Staff Reporter

Thrissur: The Kerala Sahitya Akademi will hold year-long programmes to mark the birth centenary of writer Vaikom Mohammed Basheer. Education Minister M. A. Baby will inaugurate the celebrations in Muscat on January 16. Writer Sukumar Azhikode will deliver the Basheer memorial lecture.

Akademi president M. Mukundan said the celebrations would be organised in association with the Indian Social Club in Muscat

Celebrations will be held in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkota and various Gulf countries. They will conclude at Kozhikode in 2010.

The Academi will publish a compilation of essays on Basheer as part of the celebrations.