20 June, 2021

Forgotten local histories come alive again, recorded in the present

Forgotten local histories come alive again, recorded in the present
Dr C.R. Rajagopalan isn’t part of folklore yet. But his Centre For Folklore Studies in Thrissur, a place for collecting, collating and comparing local and traditional knowledge in and around Kerala, is close to becoming one.

But rosy pictures have a downside too. The 12th edition of its quarterly Keraleeyathayude Nattarivu—the primary source of revenue for the centre—was its last issue and now, for want of funds, publication has ceased. In the last issue focusing on children, the editorial was in the form of a confession which translates to: "Nothing is conclusive/Rains don’t come back/No patriarch is reborn/ Birds in flight never return/Once begun with knowledge of the wild/ Nattarivu/Has arrived at the knowledge of games/Played a game, None won/Game Over, Try Again."

"Don’t worry," says Rajagopalan, senior lecturer at the research centre, department of Malayalam at the Sree Vivekananda College, Thrissur. Luckily, publisher DC Books has come up with a proposal to publish all four issues in a year as a single book. The first one should be out in early...

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