Kerala Folklore Academy

Kerala Folklore Academy is an autonomous center for cultural affairs constituted by the Government of Kerala and works under the Department of Cultural Affairs. It was established on 28 June 1995 to promote and project the traditional art forms of Kerala. It is located at Chirakkal, Kannur.[1] The academy brings out a quarterly to promote the study and research in folklore, and has published more than 25 books on the folklore of Kerala. It also produced a book about 100 folk art forms of Kerala and two dictionaries, one on Chavittu Nadakam and another on Beary language.[2]

Kerala Folklore Academy
Formation28 June 1995; 26 years ago (1995-06-28)
TypeCultural institution
HeadquartersChirakkal, Kannur, Kerala,
 India
Chairman
C.J KUTTAPPAN
Vice Chairman
A. V. Ajayakumar
Secretary
Keecheri Raghavan
Parent organisation
Department of Cultural Affairs (Kerala)
Websitekeralafolklore.org

HistoryEdit

The institution was formed under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration act of 1955. It began functioning on 20 January 1996,[1] to impart training in folk arts and to ensure ongoing efforts in their development, promotion and perpetuation. In 2003, the State Government handed over the waterside palace of the Chirakkal kings, at Chirakkal, to the academy to use as their headquarters.[2] Former secretary of the academy, M. Pradeep Kumar says, "the academy, recently in its study and analysis, have identified various other folklore art forms which are a part of our rich cultural heritage. Brahmini Paattu, Chaatt Paattu, Chakra Paattu, Kadal Vanchi Paattu and the tribal songs are the recent additions to the folklore art. There are different types of tribal and traditional songs. The tribal songs of each ‘Ooru’ (a tribal colony) are different. There are nearly 1000 folk art forms existing in Kerala, which have been passed on from generation to generation."[3]

AwardsEdit

The academy awards prizes and fellowships to notable artistes and experts in the field of folklore.[4] The fellowships comprise 15000 each and citation. The folklore awards and book award carries 7500 and citation. The Gurupooja and Yuvaprathibha award winners will get 5000 each and citation.[5][6]

P. K. Kalan Award

P. K. Kalan award was instituted in 2008, in the name of former academy chairman, Gaddika artist and social activist P. K. Kalan. It is awarded for contributions to the field of folk art forms. It comprises a cash prize of 1 lakh, a certificate and a statuette.[7]

Year Recipient Awarded for Ref(s)
2009 Kanna Peruvannan Outstanding contributions to Theyyam art form [8]
2009 M. V. Vishnu Namboothiri Contributions to folklore study and research [9]
2014 C. K. Aandi Outstanding contributions to Theyyam art form [10]
2015 N. Ajith Kumar Contributions to language, literature, folk arts, cinema and other art forms. [7][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "About Kerala Folklore Academy". KFA. Archived from the original on 2020-04-24. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  2. ^ a b "Kerala Folklore Academy". Department of Cultural Affairs (Kerala). Archived from the original on 2020-11-17. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  3. ^ B. S., Shibu (2014-01-22). "Folk Art Forms from Far and Wide to Converge in City". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  4. ^ "Kerala Folklore Academi Awards & Fellowships 1999 – 2011". Department of Cultural Affairs (Kerala). Archived from the original on 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  5. ^ P., Sudhakaran (2018-09-29). "Kerala Folklore Akademi Fellowships, Awards announced". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  6. ^ "Folklore akademi awards announced". The Hindu. 2017-07-08. Archived from the original on 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  7. ^ a b "P K Kalan Award for Ajithkumar". The New Indian Express. 2015-12-09. Archived from the original on 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  8. ^ "P.K. Kalan award for Theyyam artiste Kanna Peruvannan". The Hindu. 2009-08-25. Archived from the original on 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  9. ^ "P K Kalan Award for M V Vishnu Namboothiri". The New Indian Express. 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  10. ^ "The humble 'Kuruthola' with a mighty story behind it". Mathrubhumi. 2016-09-07. Archived from the original on 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  11. ^ "P.K. Kalan Puraskaram". The Hindu. 2015-12-09. Archived from the original on 2020-11-13. Retrieved 2020-11-12.

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