Issue 32

Editor’s note

“The Arabian Sea was unusually turbulent and the monsoon winds unnaturally unruly” mused K. Jayakumar, poet, lyricist and IAS Office, in recollection of an afternoon meeting in Kochi, that had led to the adoption of ‘God’s Own Country’ as the most apt aphorism for Keralam [as its people fondly call it]. The sea and wind had seemed to protest in allegiance to Kerala’s Left thinking people, but the compulsions of marketing wisdom prevailed and the land indeed, reaped an excellent harvest from those three magical words. Those words, in fact, belonged originally to the late 19th century poet, Thomas Bracken, in his evocation to New Zealand… and travelled, as did the ancient Sumerians, Arabs, Phoenicians, the Portuguese, Dutch and British… to the Kerala shores.

In this issue

  • The Kerala Syndrome
    Locational specificities have never been an important marker in Indian contemporary art as pan national identification is, in what...
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  • Kerala
    Literate and liberated, but steeped in pre-modern mores; globalised yet magically attached to customs and traditions that are often...
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  • Poetry
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  • Between one shore and several others
    Kerala’s lush landscape, its flora and fauna, its people and their struggles are compelling.
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  • Shooting the devil
    They call it God’s own country. We call it Keralam. It was part of Ancient Tamizhagam.
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  • Kerala Photos
    They call it God’s own country.
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  • Kerala Photos-2
    They call it God’s own country.
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  • A Cauldron of Cultures
    It is believed , the great sage Parshurama threw a sacred axe into the Arabian sea to create the...
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  • Mother Tongues and Other Tongues
    Scenic Kerala will soon be matched and outmatched by textual Kerala. The Keralaite’s word power is being showcased, drawing...
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  • Of Gods and Ghosts
    The Malayali, his eyes set on the Great Tomorrow and his feet on a Land without justice, saw divinity...
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  • [Male]v[i]olence
    Fated to be a feminist scholar in Kerala, I am doomed to expound on the accomplishments of Malayali women....
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  • Magically Real! The Making of India's first Biennale
    The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India’s first biennale, has concluded. That it survived a three-month run is now even more remarkable,...
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  • A Ramachandran
    A. Ramachandran , is one of India’s most reputed artists known for his mythological narratives and his...
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  • A Timely Upstage
    Malayalam theatre’s history of over 130 years resonates with a particular silence when it questions the role of women...
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  • Chavittu Nadakam
    Chavittu Nadakam, a traditional Latin Christian music-drama form, was introduced in the 16th century A.D., when the Portuguese had...
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  • Mirror Of Discontent
    The play is based on the famed Malayali writer Vaikonm Muhammed Basheer’s story, ‘The World-Renowned Nose’. In the story,...
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  • Koodiyattam. 2000 Years Of Rigour
    Koodiyaattam has an antiquity of at least two millennia. The theatre form has the richness and depth acquired from...
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  • Different Folks
    Kerala, enjoys a folk tradition that reflects an amazingly wide and varied cultural situation. Only a culturally rich people...
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  • Kerala Cinema – Through A Wide Lens
    While the colonization of Bollywood has been an alarming epidemic festering into regional cinema, there are filmmakers who have...
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  • Lights! Camera! Action!
    Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s life and films have been deeply influenced by his early years in Kerala.
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  • Stalin Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
    To a first time visitor to the country, Indians must seem like the world’s most important travellers. Each time...
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