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Minister inaugurates `Nattarangu' programme

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While the diverse culture of the nation has gained relevance all over the world, it is facing too many challenges too, Union Minister for Planning M.V. Rajasekharan has said.

Dedicating the first of the 100 `Nattarangu,' cultural sessions, organised by Samskara Sahiti, here on Saturday in memory of the Kovalam poets, Mr. Rajasekharan said that Kerala had made remarkable contributions to the growth and development of the national culture.

There were conscious attempts to destroy peace and communal amity by dividing people on the basis of religion, caste and language.

The `Nattarangu' sessions would help create awareness against such divisive tendencies, he said.

Delivering a lecture in memory of the Kovalam poets, noted linguist Puthussery Ramachandran reminisced that `Rama Katha Pattu,' the first comprehensive Ramayana in Malayalam written by the Kovalam poets, was published about 35 years ago.

This was proof of the negative attitude of the administrators, he said.

Eminent novelist Perumbadavam Sreedharan said that due to the invasion of alien cultures there was a tendency to dub the folk art forms as crude.

"It should be realised that these art forms have the elements of the indigenous culture in them.

"They reflect the life and culture of the State, the sorrows and concerns in daily life.

"Hence, they are relevant than any other modern art forms," he said.

Samskara Sahiti chairman Palode Ravi presided.

M.R. Thampan, Madhu Nair, Rajan Thazekkara, Karayil Sukumaran and P.Y. Anil Kumar were among those who spoke.

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