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Thunchan Festival
At Thunchan Memorial Tirur From 01-02-2018 to 04-02-2018

We have now just enough resources to complete the balance construction work of the proposed literary museum, dormitory etc. The annual grant received from the cultural department of Kerala Govt. has been found to be highly inadequate
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Over the years Thunchan Paramba developed into one of the premier cultural centre of Kerala. Conferences which include literary sessions, recitation of poetry and discussions on topics with social significance are attended by major writers from all over the country. Distinguished artistes perform in the evenings.

Even before the memorial came into existence, people used to bring children to Thunchan Paramba on the Vijayadasami Day. This day which usually falls in the month of October is celebrated all over India as the day of the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

Vidyarambham Festival is perhaps the most interesting annual event of the Thunchan Campus. Little children from all over the state are brought by their parents for virtual initiation into learning. Eminent writers and teachers sit in a row in the Saraswathi Mandapam. The children are made to sit in front of the gurus. The guru writes a few auspicious syllables (the first words of the invocation to Lord Ganapathi) on the child's tongue with a golden ring. ( "Hari shree" of "Hari shree Ganapathye Namaha" ).

Later the child is made to write the same words with the right index finger on a bed of raw rice. It is a symbolic ritual suggesting that knowledge is wealth and food for soul.

Nowhere else in the world can one find such a touching ceremony in which thousands of people with their children stand in worshipful awe before the concept of learning. Nearly four thousand children came to Thunchan Memorial in 2000 October for Vidyarambham.

Thunchan Festival
The Annual Thunchan festival gets underway in the January - February season. This major event includes National Literary Seminars, Poetry sessions and Cultural programmes. Discussions on specific literary subjects as well as literary trends in various Indian languages and get-together which afford opportunities to writers to meet not only each other but also many of their readers who assemble there are part of this annual event. This is the best time to visit Thunchan Paramba. Click here to see this years festival details.

The iron stylus with which Ezhuthachan wrote his texts on palm leaves is a revered object in Thunchan Memorial. It is taken out in a procession on ceremonial occasions. People irrespective of caste, creed and religion join in this unique worship.


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