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Thakazhi memorial to be completed in six months

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State Archaeological Department to take up work



VIBRANT MEMORIES: Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai's house in Kuttanad.

ALAPPUZHA: The foundation stone for a memorial to Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, noted writer, was laid by D. Sugathan, MLA, on the premises of the late writer's home, `Sankaramangalam House,' in Thakazhi at a function on April 11.

The memorial is being built by the State Archaeological Department at a cost of Rs.7 lakhs. Mr. Sugathan said the memorial would be completed within six months and a life-size bronze statue of the late writer, sculpted by M. Murali, would also be installed.

Mr. Sugathan said the State Government had allotted money for the memorial. It has been pointed out that the construction of a memorial structure fulfils only a part of the promise made by the Government while taking over the house of the writer in 2001.

The then Minister for Culture, T.K. Ramakrishnan, promised to set up a memorial and museum at `Sankaramangalam House' at a function organised there in connection with the taking over ceremony.

The house is now under the control of State Archaeological Department.

But the Government has allowed the writer's wife, Karthiayani Amma, to live in it for a nominal rent. According to the plan announced at that time, the museum was to have five rooms to represent five important novels of the writer.

A library and an auditorium were also to be constructed in the museum.

Mr. Ramakrishnan had said that the project would be implemented in two phases. However, T.M. Jacob, who succeeded Mr. Ramakrishnan as the Minister for Culture, said the announcement regarding the construction of a museum did not feature in any of the files of the Archaeological Department.

Recently, the Minister for Culture, A.P. Anilkumar, on a visit to Sankaramangalam announced that the Department of Culture would take over the house from the Archaeological Department.

He promised to entrust the Kerala Sahitya Akademi with the supervision of the house and various cultural activities being organised there.

Mr. Sugathan told The Hindu that the Government plans to institute a literary award in the memory of the late writer. He said the award would be modelled on the Vayalar award and the details were being chalked out.

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