“My language is my home” said the famous Malayalam Poet Professor V Madhusoodhanan Nair, who was the chief guest at the The 22nd Annual Day of Kerala Arts and Literary Association (UK) celebrated at the Centenary Theatre, Berkhamsted School on 27th October, 2018. He spoke of the importance of the mother tongue to us, how it preserves our memories and populates our dreams. He stressed that KALA’s relevance is to the children for whom it provide a link to the far-off land of their parents.
There was an opportunity for the audience to interact with the poet in “Mukhamukham” later in the evening. During the event Professor Madhusoodhanan Nair felicitated KALA’s founder president Dr Sukumaran Nair and his wife, Dr Sethulakshmi Nair, for the yeoman service they have done to preserve the Malayalam heritage of the second generation.
Professor Madhusoodhanan Nair also received the Kalapuraskaram 2018 award for “pushing the frontiers of and making outstanding contributions to Malayalam Poetry”. This is the first time KALA is awarding the prestigious award to a literary person.
The evening also had Sri M G Rajamanikyam IAS as the Guest of Honour. The inspirational bureaucrat whose deeds during the Kerala flood disaster became social media legend received a cheque for £21,921 raised by KALA members and friends towards Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.
This year’s theme for KALA Annual Day was “Kavyam” and the evening’s entertainment reflected it. The evening started with Sreekanth Nampoothiri reciting Madhusoodhanan Nair’s poem “October” and carrying on the seasonal allusion KALA dancers presented “Navaratri Villaku”. Two of Madhusoodhanan Nair’s poems, “Vilvamangalam” and Naranath Bhranthan” were interpreted on stage as plays. KALA youth presented their version of Vaikom Mohammed Bashir’s “World renowned nose”. Another highlight of the evening was an ottanthullal performance.