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Biography of Zamorin P.K.S. Raja released

RICH TRADITION: Zamorin of Calicut P.K.S. Raja examining a sword that is believed to have been presented to his predecessors by Cheraman Perumal, during the inauguration of the Zamorin Heritage Museum in Kozhikode on Monday. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

RICH TRADITION: Zamorin of Calicut P.K.S. Raja examining a sword that is believed to have been presented to his predecessors by Cheraman Perumal, during the inauguration of the Zamorin Heritage Museum in Kozhikode on Monday. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup  

Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: The glory of the Zamorins, rulers of the erstwhile Malabar, was the centre of attention in Kozhikode on Monday.

The day saw the release of a biography of Zamorin P.K.S. Raja titled `The King Without Crown' and the inauguration of a heritage museum that throws light on the history of Zamorin rule. The programmes were timed to coincide the birthday of Zamorin P.K.S. Raja who turned 94 on Monday.

A large number of people from different walks of life turned up at the Tali Guruvayurappan Hall, venue of the programme, to greet Zamorin P.K.S. Raja.

The release of the biography and the inauguration of the heritage museum were part of the 130th anniversary celebrations of Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College held on Monday.

Mayor M. Bhaskaran inaugurated the heritage museum. The former chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) M.G.S. Narayanan released the biography, written by E.K. Govinda Varma Raja, faculty member of the folklore project of Calicut University and published by the Entrepreneurship Development Club of the college.

K.K.N. Kurup, director-general, Centre for Heritage Studies of State Government's Culture Department and the former Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University presided. What made the Zamorins stand out in the pages of history was the strong resistance organised by them to stave off the onslaught of foreign aggressors. The example set by the Zamorins acquired new relevance in the present times when imperialist forces were once again engaged in aggressive moves to control the national economy and conquer sovereignty, Dr. Kurup said.

Speaking at the function, Zamorin P.K.S. Raja recalled the contributions made by the college, established by one of his predecessors, in the educational development of the region. The decision to establish the college was an eloquent testimony to the social sensitivity and farsightedness of his predecessors. The college was one of the oldest colleges in the State, he said.

The heritage museum was a long cherished dream of Zamorin P.K.S. Raja. Such museums were necessary to keep the history of the Zamorins accessible to posterity, he said. Many documents related to the dynasty were destroyed during the invasions led by Hydel Ali and Tipu Sultan. Serious efforts were needed to preserve what remained of the records relating to their reign, he said.

The former Union Minister K.P. Unnikrishnan unveiled a portrait of Zamorin P.K.S. Raja. Sumathi Haridas, Principal, Guruvayurappan College, P.C. Rathi Thambatty, coordinator, Entrepreneurship Development Club, the former Principal of Kozhikode Medical College K. Madhavankutty, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department commissioner M. Narayanankutty and Guruvayur Devaswom chairman Thottathil Ravindran spoke.

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