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Man's tryst with rain



Eco-friendly products exhibited at Moozhikulam Sala.

FROM TIME immemorial, man's life has been inextricably intertwined with the fluctuating faces of Nature. In Kerala, the last Malayalam month, Karkadakam (from mid-July to mid-August), sets the stage for Man's date with Rain Goddess. It is the month set apart for healthcare and for recalling the multi-fold messages to mankind unfolded through the epic Ramayana. . Decades ago ours had been an agricultural society dancing to the tune of the changing mood of seasons. Rain-soaked rituals were part of our day-to-day life. But all these create only a nostalgic mood now after the basic character of society was uprooted. What Moozhikulam Sala did was an attempt to capture this nostalgic mood through various infotainment programmes. The programme was rightly termed `Sankranthi' since the beginning of every month is linked with Sun's movement from one `rasi' to another.

Moozhikulam Sala's eight-day programme held recently had an auspicious beginning by the lighting of 101 Sankranthi lamps. This was followed by a session of interaction in which, poet P. I. Sankaranarayanan shared his thoughts on the Ramayana . The programmes on the following days included talks, seminars, music programmes and filming of Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy. Apart from exhibiting eco-friendly healthcare products, Moozhikulam Sala arranged the availability of `marunnu kanji' (herbal porridge) in association with Grasshoppers. The Moozhikulam Sala Thanal Lending Library brought out the calendar for the Malayalam New Year 1180 beginning on Chingam 1 (August 17). The calendar, `Akshara Malayalam', uses Malayalam numbers, which is almost extinct.

Highpoints

One of the other highpoints of this event was the talk by Dr. C. R. Rajagopal on the value of traditional knowledge, which was informative and illuminating. He threw light on the invaluable treasure of knowledge passed on by generations of tribals and rural folks. This was followed by folk songs presented by `Nattarivu Padhana Kendram' A discussion centred on a paper `Rain and Man' presented by T. R. Premkumar on another evening was drenched in thoughts on man's subconscious links with rain.

Musical ambience

The concluding day's Sankaranthi celebration programme was marked by sessions of story telling and poetry reading. But altogether, the programme had a musical ambience. Prof. P. P. Saratchandran enlivened the sessions by presenting musical interludes in ragas like Miyanki Malhar Shyama, Lavangi. Mohana Kalyani and Amritha Varshini as the backdrop for different seasons. Poems were recited by P. T. Binu and Venu V. Desam and story telling sessions were presented by Wilson. These were interspersed with visual presentations.

M. K. BALAGOPAL

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