Concerted effort needed to promote Malayalam: Minister

A co-ordinated effort is needed to promote Malayalam language, Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs K.V. Thomas has said.

He was speaking after releasing a series of books on the cultural heritage of Kerala at a function organised in connection with a book exhibition organised by the State Institute of Languages at Kerala Sahitya Akademi, here on Monday.

“Though Malayalam received the coveted classical status, it’s not accepted as the official language in Kerala. The administrative and court language is still English. There should be strong initiative from various corners to make Malayalam our official language, ”the Minister said.

He said a special effort is needed to promote the language among the young generation. The language is spoken by 3.33 crore Malayalis spread over all parts of the world, he noted.

The minister said the classical status should not be just a means to invite more funds. Meaningful efforts should be done to promote the language.

The Minister released five books – ‘Manipravala Kavyamalika’ by Anil Vallathole; ‘Kerala Gouthameeyam’ by Kurissery Gopala Pillai; ‘Nadan Sasthra Sankethika Parambaryam’ by V.H. Dirar, ‘Keralaeeya Vasthra Parambaryam’ by B. Balachandran and ‘Kerala Vishachikilsa Parambaryam’ by Maina Umaiban.

Institute Director M.R. Thamban presided over the function. Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA; Mayor I.P. Paul; Sahitya Akademi secretary R. Gopalakrishnan; Lalithakala Akademi secretary Sreemoolanagaram Mohanan; and Kalapata Balakrishnan; received the books.

The exhibition was organised in connection with 45th anniversary of the State Institute of Languages. The institute has published more than 3,200 books so far.

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