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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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The Thunchan Memorial is a cultural and research centre raised by the people of Kerala in honour of the most celebrated poet and cultural catalyst in the history of the Malayalam language. The institution is situated at the same location as the house and open-air school where the bard lived and taught in the 16th century.

Malayalees, had for long desired to preserve the memory of Thunchath Ezhuthachan by means of a befitting memorial. A conference of eminent writers and leaders of society was held on October 17,1906 to formulate a scheme for the construction of a memorial. It was the Samoothiri, the head of the former ruling family of Calicut, Vidwan Manavikrama Ettan Thampuran who took the initiative. This meeting itself was held in Thunchan Paramba.

Though it took some years to begin the construction of a memorial, the place itself won recognition and fame because of the meeting and people started celebrating Thunchan Day and Navarathri Festival.

Years later, in December 1954, a committee under the chairmanship of Late Mr.K.P. Kesava Menon was formed. The government helped the committee to acquire the land and Pattam Thanu Pillai, the then Chief minister of the state laid the foundation stone of the memorial. It was decided to construct a pavilion made of black Granite and a suitable place for preserving exhibits associated with Thunchath Ezhuthachan. In 1964 a committee with 11 members was formed to take charge of the memorial and worked for its further development.

The good work was continued over the years by committees headed by Late Sri. S.K.Pottekkat, Sri. T.N.Jayachandran and Sri. M.S.Menon

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