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Old May 22nd, 2013, 01:14 PM   #121
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Shrimp cultivation reaches harvest stage



BUMPER CATCH:Fisheries Minister K. Babu showing the shrimp he harvested from a brackish water field at Athayakunnu in Kannur on Tuesday.

The Fisheries Department’s pilot project to revive traditional brackish water paddy-shrimp farming system in an extent of total 90 hectares of ‘kaipad’ land in Kasaragod, Kannur and Kozhikode districts has now reached the harvest stage.

Fisheries Minister K. Babu inaugurated the first harvest of shrimps cultivated as part of the project at a function here on Tuesday. The Minister collected the harvested shrimps and inaugurated the first sale.

Though 90 ha of kaipad land in the three districts had been identified for revival of the paddy-shrimp farming system, the project implemented was extended to total 108 ha. The Fisheries Department officials said that the traditional rice-shrimp system could be revived in 1,200 ha of kaipad land in the district including the Kattampally basin. Shrimp growing would be an additional incentive to paddy cultivators, they noted. The project being implemented under the aegis of the Agency for development of Aquaculture, Kerala (ADAK) through self-help groups (SHGs) envisaged revival of the kaipad lands (brackish water areas) in the three districts.

As many as 16 SHGs of beneficiaries have been formed, including 10 in Kannur and three each in Kasaragod and Kozhikode.

Land has been made available to the groups on lease for a period of not less than five years. The traditional kaipad farming system is a rotational as well as simultaneous farming of paddy and shrimps. During monsoon, when the salinity is very low, a crop of paddy is cultivated, and shrimps are grown during the rest of the year.

The system involved the traditional capture-based aquaculture known as shrimp filteration.

K. Shaji, MLA, presided over the function. K. Sudhakaran, MP, disbursed the second instalment of the subsidy for the beneficiary farmer groups.
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Stepping across the linguistic barrier


KANNUR: When 10-year-old Aman Singh passed to fifth standard from ThayatheruGLPS in Kannur town this year, his parents wanted him to join the Goverment High School in Chovva where his elder brother studies, but he wanted to join Goverment U P School, Thavakkara for his own reasons.

"When he came to know that I was to be transferred to a school in Thavakkara, this north Indian boy also wanted to accompany me to the new school, because he is one of our most pampered students," says Rajitha TV, headmistress at Goverment UP School at Thavakkara, who said there are two Hindi-speaking migrant students in the school.

Migrant children are not rare in government schools across the state, though they are yet to be recognized as a significant presence. And kids like Aman are quite at ease with learning Malayalam.

"Though it was a bit tough at first, now it's easy and I can read and write very well," said Aman in chaste Malayalam, adding in Hindi that he is equally conversant in his mother tongue. A similar situation exists at Goverment U P School, Devatharkandy at SN Park Roadin the heart of the town where nine of the total 50-odd students are Hindi-speaking kids. "IThis has been the condition for the last few years and i

n my knowledge, this trend is not limited to Kannur. English medium schools are causing a slow poisoning effect on schools like ours, due to which Keralites prefer not to admit their children in these schools," said M Balakrishnan, the head teacher there.

"Since there is a language barrier in teaching these kids, initially we take the help of the Hindi teacher. However, they are smart and become fluent in Malayalam, within six months, easily acquiring bilingual skills," he said.

Though children of migrant labourers especially north India, join Malayalam schools because they have no other choice, it is a positive trend, especially when Keralites avoid Malayalam-medium schools to embrace English, said C R Vijayanunni, deputy director of education, Kannur.

Since statistical data is available on the number of non-Keralites studying in schools here, it is time to conduct a survey on such students in Malayalam-medium schools and devise strategies to make studies easier for them, he suggested.

"In the coming years, they may form a major chunk of the student population in government schools in Kerala. Hence we should initiate steps to teach them Hindi too at the primary level, which would be beneficial for them. We had successfully implemented this model in GLPSKanjikode in Palakkadduring the previous government's rule, where many children of north Indian labourers study," he said.

When native students embrace English-medium schoolsout of middle-class pomposity, hardly bothering about the quality of education, it is interesting to watch Hindi-speakers embrace our mother tongue with a classical status even if it is out of compulsion, Vijayanunni said.
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Honouring doyen of Indian circus


M.V. Sankaran, doyen of Indian circus industry, will be felicitated at a function here on June 13 on the occasion of his 90th birth day.

Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran would inaugurate the function to be held at the Sadhoo Kallyana Mandapam here at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Cultural Affairs Minister K.C. Joseph and Capt. Krishnan Nair of Leela Group of Hotels would participate in the function, the organisers said here.

Mr. Sankaran, who had begun his circus life as a trapeze artiste, later became the owner of Gemini, Jumbo and Royal circuses.
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Historical monument Arakkal Kettu on the verge of collapse


KANNUR: Arakkal Kettu is literally on the verge of collapse because of the confusion as to who should conserve and maintain this building complex that is more than 400-years old.

This building was declared as a protected monument by the archaeological department in 2004. It also has the rare distinction of being the palace of the only Muslim dynasty that ruled in Kerala.

According to Kannur Royal Arakkal Family Trust, which owns the property, the archaeological department has done nothing worthwhile to preserve it except for repairing the roof of the main building more than two years ago. "They just repaired the roof and changed the tiles on some portions but inside the Arakkal Kettu, everything including the walls, ceilings, doors and windows is in a dilapidated condition and we have no fund to maintain it," said APM Mayinkutty, secretary of the trust.

"When the Arakkal museum was set up in 2005 some maintenance was done but after that none of the government agencies took any interest in it. And if the rain continues for a few more days we don't know whether this Kettu will survive to see the next monsoon."

Though the trust members collected some money and did the maintenance work of the museum by spending over Rs two lakh, they are yet to get the money reimbursed from the government, he said. When tourism minister A P Anilkumar visited in December 2012, he had made many promises but nothing has been materialized according to the trust members. The archaeological department said quite often the conditions of such monuments are not brought to its attention.

The Royal family should also show some responsibility but they are not doing so other than blaming the government and the archaeological department, said an official, who did not want to be named. He said apparently the lack of coordination among the trust members is also a reason for the dilapidated condition of the monument. "If they show even one per cent of the enthusiasm they have about the disputed property, Keyi Rubath, in Saudi Arabia, it would not have reached this condition," he said. However, director of archaeology department G Premkumar said that an engineer has already visited the monument and he would submit the report on Monday.

"Once we get the report, we will definitely take whatever action is possible," he said. Historians fear that in the blame game over conservation, the monument might vanish into ruins taking along a long trail of tradition with it.
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After the fast, comes the feast



A corner of Town Square in the evenings in the month of Ramzan is pleasing to the eye and the palate alike.

People swarm to the place to tuck into a host of snacks, both native and foreign, and special Malabar delicacies at the food court organised by the District Tourism Promotion Council.

MRC taste buds, a private catering group, has been running the stall during the month of Ramzan for the past three years. Though mostly catering to people who fast during the month, the stall, with a number of tables laid out, is open by 1 p.m. and is on till 11 p.m. One can choose from nearly 15 to 20 snacks such as ilayada , samosa, egg bun, sandwich, cutlet, and chicken rolls; dishes such as the special Thalassery dum biryani and chicken pathiri ; and chicken varieties such as chicken pepper, masala, dry fry, and mughlai. Many beef varieties, undaputtu , and tapioca are the other attractions. The menu changes every day. The tea is priced at Rs.5, the owners say. They also serve mint lime tea and a special sweet drink made of rava.
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Chirakkal weavers: A society for ancient textile art











Kannur: The Chirakkal weavers co-operative society (Chirakkal), has been involved in the traditional art of handloom products.

Registered on 17th December 1946, the society initially had 99 members. Focusing on handloom products, the society has been manufacturing a wide range of bed sheets, towels, shirts, mats etc and has been providing ample employment opportunities for the local people in Kannur. Over the years, the society has created a niche for itself with products that are known for their excellent texture as well as unique colour combinations.

The products that are produced in this society are exported to Asian and European countries.

Distinctive features

Chirakkal weavers have 280 looms for producing traditional handloom products and its dyeing capacity is around 120 bundles per day. Chirakkal has tie ups with co-operative production centres to meet bulk orders. The colours that are used here are ecologically friendly and they do not contain any harmful amines.

In recognition of its superior business processes, the government of India has bestowed on it the status of a handloom development centre and quality dyeing unit.

Supplying the products

The company supplies its products through 5-6 depots operating under apex units, the Kerala Handloom Weavers Co-operative Society, All India Handloom and Hanveev.

Raw materials

The required raw materials are yarn, dyes and chemicals, and are brought from co-operative mills, NABARD and private agencies as well as from the godowns of the society.

History

The history of the society is full of anecdotes where members' initiatives helped to sustain the society and prevented its collapse. All the ups and downs that had affected the handloom industry in Kerala had equally affected this society also. Between 1970 and 1975, when it was very difficult to source raw materials for production the society found it very difficult to distribute employees’ salary. Most of the workers then got cloth as salary. They were provided real salary only after 1 or 2 months. However, they were enthusiastic to build up this venture that has been running successfully all these years.

The society also has an uncanny ability to alter itself in the face of adverse circumstances. For example, when the society incurred heavy losses during 1966-67, it soon managed the loss by manufacturing crape items which had a large demand in market. Their main profit-making export item was crape cloths. During 1980-82, furnishing items had more demand in the global market, which was capitalised upon.

Competition

In spite of being in business for so many years, the business has now slowed down because of competition, especially from power looms from across the state.

“The main market competitor is the power loom industry in recent years. We need social commitment to prepare the handloom products. Otherwise such a co-operative society can’t run successfully. But the cheap products from Tamil Nadu dominate our market in Kerala. Tamil Nadu will definitely defeat our handloom industry because people don’t need quality products, but only think about saving money”,one of the official bearer said.

Problems that plague traditional arts and crafts have been affecting Chirakkal workers also. While in the olden times, demand for products used to bring in profits, the lack of demand has had a telling effect on the business. To add to the meagre amounts they get each day from their labour, the fact that they have to forego work for two to three days when they have to travel to other states to collect raw materials, has also affected the income of workers.
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‘Bleating’ story of success



A decade ago, Mini Jolichan wished to rear a goat in her house. After knocking at many doors for help, she found help from her paternal uncle who gave her Rs.1,500.

She bought a Malabari goat and constructed a small pen. Thanks to her hard work and care, the number of goats multiplied. Years later, Ms. Jolichan is running a small goat farm at Cherupuzha panchayat in Taliparamba, catering to customers even from Karnataka.

As the number of goats increased, people started approaching her for bucks. Along with a short session on goat rearing, she put forward an offer. She would purchase the buck back, provided they weighed 15 kg in three months.

With the deal, Ms. Jolichan ensured that she got the goats back in excellent health and they would not be given for meat at a tender age. That ensured one more thing, that she had the best and pure breed.

After excelling at her experiment with Malabari goats, she tried her hands with other breeds. She purchased ten different varieties that included boer, jamunapari, and sirohi.

“The best breed for our farms is the Malabari,” says this achiever with the expertise and experience she had earned in a decade.

A pastime at the expense of just Rs.1,500 has grown to a business worth nearly Rs.20 lakh now, with at least 60 goats in her farm at a time.

She claims she sells more than 1,000 goats a year. It is nothing but sheer hard work, Ms. Jolichan asserts. Her day starts at 4 a.m., goes on till 11 p.m. and is assisted by her husband in the work, while her school-going children join hands during holidays and weekends.

Ms. Jolichan eschews artificial feeds and banks on organic feed which she prepares for the goats.

She claims she had not borrowed for her venture at any point of time. Her plea for a bank loan was rejected and she received no help from the Animal Husbandry Department either.

The success she achieved in her venture is a sweet revenge for this hardworking woman.

Yet, she is perturbed that with the rise in prices of commodities which go into the making of the cattle feed. This may affect business, which will dissuade more people from entering the sector, she fears.
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Work on art village gets under way in Kannur


Works are under way for an art village, Kalagramam, being established by the Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi at Kakkannanpara, near Sreekantapuram, here.

The Kalagramam is being developed on a 3.5 acre plot in Nadiyenga village. The contour surveys of the plot, which is part of a 25-acre government land, are now in progress. An allocation of Rs.50 lakh has been made in this year’s State Budget for the preliminary works of the project.

The Kalagramam would provide facilities to artists from the country and abroad to stay and work. In the first phase of the project, the facilities would include studios, art galleries, an auditorium and guest houses. Work on the first phase of the project, coming up 23 km from the proposed Kannur International Airport, would be completed in three years. The works planned in the second phase include development of a film city and theatre with modern facilities. According to a press release, attempts would be made to secure the remaining portion of the land for the second phase of the project.

The Kalagramam is planned as a cultural arena where art lovers can view creative works and interact with artists.
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Cross-country run held at INA



Winners:Vice-Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, commandant, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, presenting the shield to the Eagle squadron which emerged champions at the inter-squadron cross-country championship on Sunday. Rear Admiral Ravindran, Deputy Commandant, is seen.

An inter-squadron cross-country running championship for the autumn term was flagged off by Vice-Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, commandant at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala on Sunday.

As many as 970 trainees from the five squadrons of the INA participated in the event. Trainees ran a course of 12 kilometres across the varied terrain of Ezhimala. Those who had spent less than six months at the INA ran a distance of eight kilometres to the finish.

The participants included 26 women trainees, who ran a total distance of six kilometres. The Eagle squadron emerged the champions. Cadet Vijay Sheron from the Daredevil squadron secured the first position, clocking 41 minutes and 20 seconds to reach the finish. Cadet Shrishti Takur bagged the first place among the women by covering the 6-km distance in 26 minutes and 10 seconds. Vice-Admiral Chauhan presented the trophies and individual prizes to the winners.
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They learn, and earn too


Work experience classes in schools in the district have been given a fresh impetus with the launch of an initiative to develop entrepreneurship skills in students.

The School Entrepreneurship and Vocational Aptitude Nurturing Attempt (Sevana), conceived by the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) at Palayad here, aims at channelising the productive skills of students and helping them earn money. If the earlier such initiatives in schools largely involved work experience teachers and their students, the new scheme envisages the participation of parents too.

The school entrepreneurship programme was formally launched in 150 schools in the district. Many of these schools have already been carrying out activities to promote students’ entrepreneurship and productivity skills.

“The objective is to see each school as a production centre,” says M. Thampan, lecturer at DIET, who is among the DIET faculty members involved in the programme.

He said nearly 70 products, including electronic equipment, food products, umbrella, soaps and detergents, candles, doormats and book binding, had been identified for production. The initiative had already taken off in five schools in the Madayi education sub-district.

The funds for the initial investment were mobilised from parents and local people. The products would be marketed during class PTA meetings and school assemblies. Stalls would be opened for the sale during school youth festivals.

Work experience teachers had been given first-phase training. “Our students have made 400 umbrellas and nearly all of them have been sold out. Now they are making soaps,” says K.P. Najmuddin, teacher in the Pappinissery LP School, which is being projected as a model for Sevana programme. The school has 77 students.

‘Three Apples’


The umbrellas are branded ‘Three Apples’ to highlight the involvement of students, teachers, and parents. The initial investment was pooled by the school staff.

Initially, the programme was viewed sceptically by some teachers and parents. The attitude has changed now. “The programme is successful in my school because of the full support it received from parents and teachers,” says P.O. Girija, work experience teacher at Ponnyam U.P. School, which has a student strength of over 100.

Her students have been given kits for making chalks, soaps, and mats, she says.

The profit from the sale of the products is shared among the students.
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Manna Dey dedicated his love songs to wife


Legendary singer Manna Dey almost dumped his evergreen song ‘Manasa Maine Varu...’ in the film ‘Chemmeen’ as he realised his Malayalam accent was “atrocious”.

But his wife Sulochana, a native of Kannur, gave him a weeklong crash course in her mother-tongue and instilled confidence in him to finally render the song, composed by Salil Chaudhary.

“I had grave doubts about that (singing a song in Malayalam). Anyway, I summoned the courage to try out that song once. My accent was so atrocious that my daughters burst out laughing, making me conclude that it was best if I dropped the idea altogether,” Manna Dey wrote his autobiography, ‘Memories Come Alive’. The song, though Malayalis would still find fault with the accent, was a run away hit and stood the test of time mainly because of the soulful rendition. The song fetched two national awards; Salil Chaudhary was adjudged best composer and Manna Dey, best singer.

The singer dedicated the song to his wife Sulochana, whom he described as “the solitary oasis in the thorny desert of Mumbai film industry”.

Daughter of Kumaran of Kavunkal at Payyambalam, she spent not more than three months here moving with her family to Mumbai where her father had set up a business.

The Kavunkal family later shifted to Janaki Nivas at Thekki Basar near here. The relatives still remember the Manna Dey family’s visit to Janaki Nivas in 1962.

Manna Dey’s autobiography, just as soul stirring as his ever-lasting songs, has some open confessions on his bond with his wife, full with love, romance, long period of parting and despair. The couple first met at Rabindra Sangeet recital organised by the Indian Cultural League in May 1948 in Mumbai where Manna Dey was invited to teach a few songs of Tagore. Manna Dey and Sulochana sung the duet “Ami tomaro shongey bendhechhi amaro pran...” (I have intertwined my soul with yours) and they developed a friendship that blossomed into love.

Their marriage was solemnised at a small function attended by just 50 relatives and friends in Bangalore on December 18, 1953.

“I can claim without the slightest hint of embarrassment that all the love songs I ever sang following our marriage are dedicated exclusively to her,” the maestro wrote.

Sulochana, whom the singer fondly called ‘Sulu’, died of cancer last year, leaving him lonely ever after. Manna Dey said, whenever he sang melancholic songs that spoke of the heartbreak suffered by estranged lovers, he would imagine life without his wife and be so moved as to shed actual tears of sorrow.
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A hard-fought battle



Lakshmi Sharath discovers that the St. Angelo Fort built by the Portuguese actually had a prisoner who went on to become the Viceroy

Centuries after Vasco da Gama landed in Kerala, the Portuguese flavour is still evident in the State. Driving around, one sees forts, lighthouses and churches that take you to the era when battles were fought at sea and enemies were thrown in dungeons. It is almost sunset, and I am at the St. Angelo Fort in Kannur listening to one such story. The interesting element is that the captive who was locked up in the fort was neither Dutch nor British. He was not an Indian either, but a fellow Portuguese.

The 16th Century stone fort was built on the shores of the Arabian Sea by the first Portuguese Viceroy in India, Dom Francisco de Almeida. This was around the time when the coastline was at siege from various dynasties from India, Europe and the Middle East for the control of spice trade. Several battles were fought bitterly on the sea and the shore, and one of them was the Battle of Diu. A combined force of the kings of Gujarat and Calicut with the support of Egyptians, Ottomans and Venetians opposed the Portuguese. While the latter did emerge victorious, a political conspiracy ensued. Almeida arrested Afonso de Albuquerque, the general who had fought along with him in the battle as the latter was supposed to supersede Almeida as the Viceroy. He was imprisoned for six months in this very fort. Albuquerque did take over the reins eventually, but the Portuguese soon had to relinquish their hold on the fort.

A century later, the Dutch took over the fort and restored it. Bastions were built and the fort was modernised, but it was eventually sold to the Arakkal royal family of Kannur in the 18th Century. A few years later, the fort changed hands again, this time with the British in charge. They built the first-ever lighthouse of Kannur and strengthened it further, but the old Portuguese fort was completely destroyed.

Walking around, I see the three large bastions built by the Dutch, an old lighthouse that used to be lit by a lamp during the British days, a restored chapel, the barracks, canons and tomb stones. The fort is triangular and built with laterite. We climb the old staircases and look out into the Mopilla Bay, a natural harbour. Small and large barges are returning home as the colours of twilight reflected in the water. Yonder is the Dharmadam Island, a haunt for tourists. A few tourists are walking along the wall of the fort. The sun is tucked away by the clouds and we are deprived of a rosy sunset. But I stare at the water and wonder how the sea was once home to fleets from all over Europe and the Middle East, battling for control of the spice trade. My reverie is interrupted by a policeman who politely requests us to leave, and it’s time to call it a day.
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Payyannur native enters Guinness in memory power


Prijesh Kannan, a native of Payyannur, received the Guinness World Records Certificate from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi on December 7.

Prijesh already holds the national record by Limca Book of Records for memorising the names of 470 random objects. He was presented that certificate by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on August 1.

He said the Prime Minister presented the Guinness World Records Certificate for achieving the record for the same feat. Explaining the method adopted by the Guinness Book officials, he said he was blindfolded and names of 470 objects were read out to him by them.

After listening to this, he recalled from memory all the 470 names in ascending and descending order as well as at random without omission.

The event took place at the Annur U.P. School, Payyannur, on June 23, 2012. He said he had broken the Guinness Record of Jayasimha who memorised names of 200 objects.

An MBA student, Prijesh had received Kerala Youth Award instituted by the Kerala State Youth Welfare Board for his involvement in charitable activities.
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Wildlife is ‘shot’ at sight



Looking through the camera viewfinder to capture nature in action used to be a pastime for her. Not anymore. Raseena Nasir, a village extension officer at the Edakkad block development office here, takes her passion seriously. She spends her spare time and holidays to travel to various wildlife hotspots in the State to shoot wildlife in action.

She began by photographing butterflies and flowers using a small camera. Over the years, wildlife photography became her forte. The photographs she captured over the past two years showcase the wildlife she came across during her expeditions in forests, including Muthanga, Tholpetty, Chimmini, Idukki, and Aralam.

Now, she is drawn to birds. “What attracted my attention to birds is the vast expanse of wetland at Munderikkadavu, hardly 7 km from my house near the Kannur town,” says Ms. Nasir.

Teeming with life

Munderikkadavu is a biodiversity-rich area that should be protected as a bird sanctuary, she says, referring to the encroachments there posing a threat to the wetland. Munderippuzha is a wetland decked with rice fields and a tributary of the Valapattanam river. It is estimated that the wetland is the habitat of 150-odd species of birds, including migratory birds, 82 species of butterflies, 45 spider species, 34 species of grasshoppers, 16 species of fish, and 150 plant species.

“Whenever I post my photos of migratory birds at Munderikkadavu on social network sites, I get queries expressing surprise about the presence of a bird sanctuary in Kannur,” says Ms. Nasir.

She wants to use her photographs to highlight the urgency of conserving the wetland area as a bird sanctuary as increasing human intervention has started posing a threat to the ecology there.

The collection of her photographs taken at Munderikkadavu has frozen images of birds in action, including kingfisher, flycatcher, bee-eater, parakeet dove, cormorant, lapwing, wagtail, moorhen, barbet, and woodpecker among others.
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A message, straight from the heart


The 30-foot-high artwork in concrete, getting ready at the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital, is expected to drive home the importance of keeping hearts healthy.

It is a large heart, and a strong one too. The 30-foot-high artwork in concrete, getting ready at the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital, is expected to drive home the importance of keeping hearts healthy.

Thrikkarippur Ravindran, senior artist at the college in charge of its museum of medical models and specimens, is the sculptor.

The sculpture has a base in the shape of two welcoming palms rising from a foundation, modelled on a 24-foot traditional bronze vessel of Kerala. The heart sculpture part alone will be 16-foot high. Mr. Ravindran said he collected details of heart sculptures across the world online. The tallest sculpture in the U.S. was nine-foot high, he said. The sculpture here, which would have details such as the pericardium, aortic arch, pulmonary, coronary artery, and cardiac vein, would be completed in a few weeks, Mr. Raveendran said.

The sculptor was being assisted by Simon Srestha, Prajith Karivelloor, and Ramachandran Payyannur.

It is sponsored by a Payyannur-based private entrepreneur. The work, on completion, could find a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, he said.

Mr. Raveendran is a recipient of the Lalithakala Akademi scholarship in fine arts.

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Varied fare at crafts expo




An exhibition of handloom and handicraft products from West Bengal is on at Mahatma Mandir here under the auspices of the Abhiman Crafts Society.

The 11-day exhibition, to conclude on January 26, features the handicraft heritage of West Bengal.

Products including fabrics, apparel, jewellery, toys, gifts, and decorative items are on display.

Among the attractions are terracotta statues, wall hangings, and jute bags.

Direct market

Biju Mondal of the crafts society says the exhibition provides direct market opportunities to rural artisan communities in West Bengal.

Such exhibitions also provide learning opportunities to traditional artisans as they get to understand more about marketing and product development, he adds.
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Birds pick their cosy corner




But their choice, Chemballikkundu, faces threat

For migratory birds, this backwater swamp, that sits in the catchment of the Perumba river in the eastern side of Ezhimala, is a home away from home. For the resident ones, it is home. And for the bird enthusiasts, it is where they can find their world in full bloom.

But Chemballikkundu, a wetland area rich in mangroves, needs intervention on time to protect its ecosystem.

Located on the southern tip of the Kavvayi backwaters, Chemballikkundu wetlands attract thousands of migratory and resident birds. The tidal mud flats in the area are ideal for the birds to roost. The number of congregation of birds in this natural bird sanctuary has risen over the years.

The wetland marshes on the banks of the river are also a biodiversity-rich area. The ecology is largely protected, as there are no large-scale reclamation activities going on here. But the environmental activists and bird lovers are still calling for cover from authorities to protect the area from any possible threat.

“The congregation of birds at Chemballikkundu is much higher than in the Kattampally wetlands in the district, which have over the years seen a decline in the number of birds visiting there,” says local bird watcher P.C. Rajeevan, who has been a regular visitor to the Chemballikkundu wetland area.

It is therefore important that the bird sanctuary at Chemballikkundu is protected against any future conversion for developmental purposes as has happened in Kattampally, he adds.

170 species

Mr. Rajeevan says he himself had identified nearly 170 species of birds in Chemballikkundu. Water birds and waders form the majority of the birds that visit the wetlands here. The number of birds in the areas increases by March.

A threat to the natural habitat of birds, according to local environmental activists, is unrestrained fishing activities by some people living in the area. The fishing activities are done during the time when the birds are feeding and nesting, says Mr. Rajeevan. The aquaculture units in the area also pose a threat.

The area has rich micro habitats, according to Jaffer Palot of the Malabar Natural History Society. Chemballikkundu wetland area is one of the case studies in his PhD dissertation. He has recorded 40-odd species of dragonflies in the area.

The wetland could go down in recorded history of bird sighting as an ideal heronry and hence can be either declared as a conservation reserve or as a biodiversity heritage site, Dr. Palot says.

The local bodies can then constantly monitor the site to conserve it, he adds. But nature lovers say the local bodies are lax in enforcing measures for the protection of the biodiversity-rich marsh land.
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Heritage museum in Madayi college


A heritage museum has been set up at the Co-operative Arts and Science College at Madayi here to preserve the cultural heritage of the area known for its folk traditions and practices.

The museum has been established in honour of the college History Department head A. Parameshwaran who is retiring from service, a press release issued by the college here said.

Seminar

The department has initiated various projects for preserving and analysing the heritage of Madayi under the leadership of Prof. Parameshwaran. Historian and Director General of Centre for Heritage Studies M.G.S. Narayanan will inaugurate the heritage museum on the college campus on March 20. A history seminar will be held on the occasion.


Initiative in honour of History Department head

A. Parameshwaran who is retiring from service.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle5808057.ece
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