Cultural Centre Newsletter
what can Kerala do? - a seminar on Mullaperiyar
dam was conducted. The well-known social activist Sri
C R Neelakandan gave the presidential address. Sri S
P Ravi, Sri A M Sulaiman, Sri C P Roy, Dr CM Joy, Adv.
Sivan Madathil, Dr A Latha, and Sri Geo Jose spoke on
on Railway Tracks - a seminar on pollution
on railway tracks was conducted. Dr. George Themplakad
who was the chief speaker pointed out that waste and
other polluting materials that were coming out of trains
would cause serious health problems. Adv. Sivan Madathil
who spoke on the occasion said that the authorities
had to take responsibility for the serious health hazards
due to pollution on railway tracks. Sri. Geo Jose and
Adv. Mathew Paul spoke on the occasion.
Kochi chapter meet - in connection with
the Silver Jubilee of WFIRC the Kochi chapter organized
a two-day inter Faith meet at Chavara Cultural Centre.
Prof M K Sanu inaugurated the meet. The meet was presided
by Swami Purandarananda. Fr.Roby Kannanchira, Justice
P K Shamsuddin, Fr. Albert Nambiaparambil and Jebin
Jose spoke on the occasion. Prof. PJ Joseph, Adv. P
K Ibrahim and Sri Riju Viswanathan presented papers
representing the three religions. Inter faith prayer
session and group discussions were held.
celebrations - The Christmas celebrations
of Chavara Cultural Centre was organized with a host
of programmes. Sri Deepak Aswani inaugurated the event.
The students of Chavara Cultural Centre presented Carol
singing, dance programmes, skit, fashion shows and other
events on the occasion.
consultative meeting on Child labour -
in association with Human Laws network a State consultative
meeting on Child labour was held. Smt.Artrayee Sen from
New Delhi was the Chief speaker on the subject. Around
30 activists from different parts of the state participated.
Adv.Sandya Raju, Smt.Malini Menon, Sri. MP Antony (Project
Director, Rajagiri) Adv.Rasmi Ramesh spoke on the subject.
on Grapho analysis - a seminar on Handwriting
analysis was inaugurated by S
RVHSS Principal Smt.Rosamma. An expert on Graphoanalysis
Mr. took classes on the subject. Students from different
schools in the city participated.
readership campaign - The Library readership
campaign conducted by Chavara Public Library was flagged
off by Smt.Sreelekha IPS. Giving the inaugural address
she said that Reading helps to develop an individual.
Medilab Director and former secretary of Chavara cultural
centre Sri.T A Varkey gave felicitation. Sri. T S Joy,Prof.Geetha
Sasikumar spoke on the values of reading. A Poetry recitation
competition was held for school students.
Reading competition - in connection with
Library membership campaign a book reading competition
and elocution competition was held for school students.
Several students from various school participated. Prizes
were given to winners.
meet - as part of the Library readership
campaign a gathering of poets was held. Well-known poets
in Malayalam Sri. Venu V Desom, Sri. Sebastian, Sri.
Santosh Kodanad, Sri. Sreekumar Kariyad, Sri. P T Binu,
Sri. Sajeesh Kottembram participated and recited their
-Modernization of Public Libraries - as part of
the Library readership campaign a seminar on the subject
- Modernization of Public Libraries was held.
Baby the former Chief Librarian of CUSAT gave the talk.
writing competition - a Poetry writing
competition was conducted for school students. The subject
given was- Onam. Several students from various school
participated. Prizes will be given on September 30,2020
on the occasion of Poets meet held on that day.
day celebrations - The Independence day
celebrations of Chavara cultural centre was inaugurated
by Justice K Narayana Kurup by hoisting the National
flag. Justice K Narayana Kurup gave the Independence
Day message. National anthem and Patriotic song competition
was held on the occasion.
symphony - in association with Avishkar
music academy, western music class was inaugurated at
Chavara by the Famous Ghazal singer Sri.Umbayee.Avishkar
Managing Trustee Sri.S P Nair and Course director Sri.
Jose K A spoke on the occasion.
music concert and dances were performed on the occasion.
short film festival - in association
with Chetana media institute &Alliance Franciase&
Cochin film society a short film festival featuring
around 25 films was shown at IMA hall. This two-day
festival contained award winning short films.
month celebration - in association with
WFIRC a Ramayana recital and inter religious meet was
held. WFIRC General secretary Fr.Albert Nambiamparambil
led the meet. Sri.Mahesh Mangatt ,Dr.Joshy (Nature life
hospital) Sri.C S Menon talked on the occasion. Smt.Girija
Rajendran recited Ramayana.
Drama- To Be or To Be - in association
with Globe theatre a play “To Be or To Be”
was staged at Fine arts hall. Sri.Ponnan directed the
play. Kochi Corporation Deputy Mayor Sri.C K Mani Sankar
inaugurated the play. Dr.T S Joy and P C Christopher
The play was an attempt to understand Shakesperean plays
in the context of Indian culture.
release&Sea Queen English poetry blooms-
“Weaving waves” a collection of poems written
by Smt.Rosie Martin was released at a function held
at Chavara cultural centre. Former Maharajas College
principal Prof.Augustine Thomas released the book by
giving it to Toch School Chairman Prof.PJ Joseph.Fr.Roby
Kannanchira presided. Dr.Jayasree Sukumaran gave felicitaions,
Prof.Geetha Sasikumar gave welcome&Adv.T J Ignatious
gave thanks. A poetry reading session was also held
on the occasion.
Convocation ceremony - IATA/UFTAA Convocation
ceremony was inaugurated by Dr.Sebastian Paul MP. On
the occasion he stressed the need for good behavior
&manners in treating the customers. Dr.Sebastian
Paul MP gave away the certificates to the students.
Indian Airlines Area manager Sri. Patrick Xavier talked
about the vast possibilities in the area of Tourism.
Sri PTG Kutty (Sales manager, Indian Airlines), Sri.KVP
Krishnakumar (Councillor, Kochi corporation), Sri.Vijayan
Menon and Smt.Annie Varghese Kannanmthanam spoke on
students video film festival - The National
student’s video film festival was held at S H
College, Thevara. The festival was organized jointly
by Chavara cultural centre, S H College, Thevara, Chetana
media institute & Jehangirabad media institute.
Film director Sri Anwar Rashid inaugurated the festival.
15 short films that won awards at National film festival
held at Lucknow were screened. Rev.Dr.Cherian Kunnianthodath
CMI presided. Fr.A J Savians, Fr.Benny Benedict, Fr.Roby
Kannanchira, Prof.M M Sebastian spoke.
Competition - a Painting competition
was held for school students. Around 50 students from
various schools in ths city participated. In the High
school category Mona S Mohan won the first prize, Mili
S Mohan won the second. In the Upper primary category
Tresa Archana Paul got the first prize, Anju Krishna
got the second & Vinduja M the third. In the L P
category Sankar Dinesh Kamath won the first prize, Nisa
Kaladharan the second & Deva Lakshmi won the third.
Fr.Roby Kannanchira CMI gave away the cash prize and
trophy to the winners.
of Kitchen garden& Free seeds distribution
- Dr.CP Thara retired HOD of Botany, St.Teresas
College gave a lecture on Formation of Kitchen garden
&Mushroom cultivation. Seeds of vegetables for Kitchen
garden was distributed free on the occasion. Prof. Geetha
Sasikumar spoke on the occasion.
harvesting-seminar - in association with
Jalamitra a seminar on rainwater harvesting was held.
This seminar was intended to spread awareness of the
need to conserve rainwater among the public.Adv.P C
Anathappan, Sri.C S Menon and Adv.Tom Jos were the main
speakers at the function.
Inter University Edcution competition -
the Final round of the inter university elocution competition
was held at the centre. Around 15 contestants from different
colleges in the State participated in the final round.
The theme of the contest was” Impact of Internet
on society”, the duration was 10 minutes. Kum.Anu
Unni of U C College Aluva won the First prize, Sri.Mohammed
Sohaib of Law College, Calicut won the second and Sri.Phijo
Joseph of Law College, Trissur won the Third prize.
The winners were given cash prizes of Rs.2500, 1500,and
1000 as first, second and third prizes. The prizes were
given away by the CMI Vicar General Rev.Fr.Mathew Kaniamparambil
CMI.Chavara centre Chairman Fr.Jos Chittilapily CMI
Reception to Newly Ordained Priests
- Chavara Cultural Centre accorded a warm welcome
to 56 newly ordained priests of the CMI congregation.
CMI Prior General Rev.Dr.Antony Kariyil CMI inaugurated
the meeting. Prof.M K Sanu who was the Chief Speaker
lauded the service mentality of the priests.Rev.Fr.Mathew
Kaniaparmabil CMI and Smt. Mary Joseph spoke on the
occasion. Sri.Sunil Joseph and Anil Joseph sang prayer
with Australian Poet - in association
with Australian council an interactive session with
Australia’s famous Poet Mr.Les Murray was held
at the Harbour view residency. St.Teresas college lecturer
Smt.Lakshmidevi Menon interviewed the poet. The members
of Chavara poetry society “Sea queen English poetry
blooms” talked to the poet about his poetry. Prof.
Geetha Sasikumar accorded welcome and Smt.Asha Das,
Sri KP Joseph and T S Joy spoke on the occasion.
on Kerala’s development - a two-day
seminar focusing on Kerala’s social and economic
development were discussed by an eminent panel of experts
from various fields. This programme was organised in
association with Forum for Kerala studies. Prof. M N
Vijayan inaugurated the seminar.
cultural exchange programme - Reception
was given to a group of Germans visiting Kerala to study
Kerala’s culture and arts. Kerala traditional
art forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattom and Thullal were
performed on the occasion. CMI Prior General Rev. Dr.Antony
Kariyil and Rev.Fr.Austin Kallapura CMI spoke on the
occasion. Mementos were presented to the German team.
awareness walk - on World AIDS day an
awareness programme was undertaken in association with
CII, Yi and State AIDS control society. An awareness
walk was organized on this occasion that was inaugurated
by Hon Minister Sri.Dominic Presentation.Students from
various schools and colleges in the city participated
in the march. The walk started from Panampilly nagar
CII office and came to an end at Kadavanthara GCDA premises.
GCDA chairman Sri Antony Issac, Fr.Roby Kannanchira
spoke at the concluding ceremony.
its influence on students - Ragging a contemporary
issue in our society was the theme of a seminar organized
at the center. The seminar was inaugurated by the DIG
K Padmakumar who said that the Teachers and the students
must share responsibility to stop this menace. Spreading
awareness was one means to stop this issue.
Law college principal Prof.PP Paul, St.Teresas college
principal Sr.Christabel, Adv.P K Ibrahim, Fr.Roy Kannanchira
and Dr.TS Joy spoke on the occasion.
marriage meet - a Mega marriage meet
was organized jointly by Chavarafamily welfare center
and Kerala Matrimony.com that was inaugurated by Hon.
minister Dominic Presentation. Speaking on the occasion
he said that Marriage was a sharing of minds. Ernakulam-Angamaly
Auxiliary Bishop Mar Sebastian Edayantharath gave a
message on the importance of marriage. Fr.Roby Kannanchira
presided.Fr.Roy Kannanchira (Director, DCL), Chavara
family welfare center Exe.Director Johnson C Abraham
and Kerala matrimony.com Regional manager Sri Radhakrishnan
spoke on the occasion. Around 200 prospective candidates
attended the meet.
to information act-seminar - the district
collector Sri inaugurated the right to information seminar.
Mohammed Hanish.Speaking at the inaugural session he
said that the Right to information act should reach
the people at all levels. Sri KM Roy, the noted journalist,
said the act would help people to realize their democratic
rights and freedom and help to control corruption. Sri.P
Rajan, Adv.Mathew Paul, and Dr.TS Joy spoke on the subject.
Carol singing competition - on the eve
of Xmas a carol singing competition was held at the
center. Around Nine groups took part. Prizes were distributed
to the winners.
bells-2005 - Christmas celebrations were
conducted with various programmes. Very Rev.Dr.Antony
Kariyil gave the Christmas message. An inter-religious
prayer meeting was held on the occasion. Maulavi M S
Jalal Sakafi, SwamiPurandarananda, Fr.Jos Chittillapilly
exchanged ideas on inter-religious harmony. Christmas
cake cutting and distribution was part of the ceremony.
Various song &dance programmes were held. South
railway station Area Manager Sri.CMC Nair Felicitated.
Chavara secretary Prof.Geetha Sasikumar gave the vote
& waste disposal
Dr. Jacob Vadakkanchery a nature cure therapist spoke
on the subject of Rainy season and its effect on health.
On the occasion he said that rain is a blessing to man
&nature and that it has beneficial effects on health.
Karrikamuri residents association President Sri.L.SethuMadhavan
spoke on the subject of waste disposal. He told that
a waste disposal scheme on the lines of Surat city would
be effective for Kochi. He added that the citizens had
a great role in waste disposal, and said that it was
the attitude of the people that was important than that
of the authorities.
Ottanthullal a traditional art form of Kerala was performed
at the centre. Sri Ranjith Tripunithura, performed based
on “Kalyanasaughandhigam” .The centre as
part of its plan to promote traditional art forms will
be giving programmes based n traditional art forms every
month said Chavara cultural centre Director Fr.Roby
Kannanchira on the occasion.
Two books written by Sri.C.S.Varghese “Hai Dubai”
& “Jeevitha vijayathinu arinjirikenda karyangal”
was released at a function held at the centre. Sri.K.M.Roy
a noted journalist released the two books by giving
it to Dr.Henry Austin &Sri.P.C.Cyriac respectively.
Lack of a responsible administration is the curse of
Keralas development commented Mr.Roy on the occasion
when compared to that of a place like Dubai & its
fast growth.Justice P K Shamsuddin, Fr.A Adappoor,Fr.Roby
Kannanchira ,Sri.A K Puthussery,&E.K.Paul spoke
on the occasion.
Two documentaries Ladies Special directed by Nidhi Tuli
& Pyramid of women related to women’s issues
were screened at the centre. Chavara cultural centre
will be screening films every month.
Road accidents &role of the people - in the
context of increasing road accidents a discussion was
held on the topic. Justice K T Thomas inaugurated the
event and said that those people who save road accident
victims should not be subject to torture by the law.
Addl DGP Sri Jacob Punnose promised that the saviors
of road accident victims will be given consideration
&encouragement. Rev.Fr.Mathew KanniamparambilCMI,
Fr.Jos Chittillapilly CMI, IMA secretary Dr.Abraham
Varghese, Dr.Anandam Radhakrishnan, Adv.Mathew Paul
gave their views on the subject. A public interaction
session was organized on the occasion.
A discussion on the book “Swatantra veedhiyile
kedavillakukal” written by Sri.T S Joy was held.
Noted journalist Sri.P.Rajan said that the book highlighted
the role of many long forgotten Freedom fighters &that
the role of women in Indias freedom struggle is highlighted
in this book. Dr.Henry Austin too spoke on the occasion.
A host of programmes marked the 58th Independence Day
celebrations. Adv.Balagangadhara Menon hoisted the national
flag. Speaking on the occasion he said that the condition
of the poor in the nation remains unchanged even after
58 years of freedom. A independence day rally was taken
out on the occasion. National anthem &patriotic
song competition was held. Around 16 schools in the
city participated in the competition. Famous Belgian
Violinist Mr.Hans from Belgium played Tagore Gandhian
music. Chavara centre director Fr.Roby Kannanchira,
Chairman Fr.Jos Chittilappily gave away the prizes to
the winners in the competitions.
A discussion on the book “Missionary vyakaranam,
17,18 nutandukalil”written by Primus Perinchery
was held. Prof.M K Sanu, Rev.Dr.Paul Thelekkat, Rev.Dr.George
Kurukkoor, and Rev.Dr.Cherian Kunianthodothu were the
main speakers. The programme highlighted the role of
Christian missionaries in the growth of Malayalam language.
Missionaries has contributed much to the growth of Malayalam
grammar which will outlive the ages said the chief speaker
3 day theatre workshop
Sri.T Kaladharan inaugurated the 3-day workshop on acting.
Two short plays Macbeth by Anoop Chandran & Kunnan
by Manjulan was staged on the first day. The classes
on acting was led by prominent theatre personalities
like Sri.Chandradasan, Sreemmolanagaram Mohan, TM Abraham,
NG Unnikrishnan, Vinod&smt. Sherly Somasundaram.On
the closing day of the workshop 3short plays by the
Kozhikode based Manam nadakavedi was staged.
In association with Chetana media institute a documentary
film “Development flows from the Barrel of guns”
directed by Biju Toppo &Meghanath was shown.