Shri K.S. Unni who was the Hon. Secretary of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Thrissur Kendra for more than three decades, attained 90 or the Navathi age in October 2023. Shri Unni’s association with Bhavan started in the 1980s. He was made the President of the Parent Teachers Association in 1980. Recognising his sincere work for Bhavans’ cause, he was inducted as a permanent member to Bhavan’s Thrissur Managing Committee and was nominated as Hon. Secretary Thrissur Kendra in 1990.
It may be remembered that Shri K.S. Unni was instrumental in bringing the Thrissur Kendra to its present hallowed status. It was the hard work and vision of Shri K.S. Unni which brought up the Bhavan’s Poochatty and Pottore schools to their present heights. The Sarva Dharma Maitri Pratishthan which houses the Bhavan Thrissur Kendra office and Kala Kendra was his dream project. Shri Unni had taken initiative in forming Bhavan’s Kendras at Ponnani, Valanchery, Akamala, Kanjani and Pathanamthitta.
The Navathi celebration was inaugurated by Governor of Kerala, Shri Arif Mohammed Khan on October 7, 2023 in Bhavan’s auditorium which was named after K.S. Unni by the Hon. Governor.
Shri K. Rajan, Minister for Revenue & Housing, Government of Kerala also graced the function.
A commemorative stamp on Shri K.S. Unni was also issued by the Postal Department.
The Thrissur Kendra organised the All Kerala Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competition on September 6, 2023, on Janmashtami Day. As many as 325 students from 32 schools participated in this competition. Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara, won the first prize; Adarsh Vidyalaya, Kakkanad, came in second; and Bhavan’s Vikas Vidyalaya, Ponnani, came in third.
Dr. E. M. Rajan, Head of Sanskrit Sahitya, Guruvayoor Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, inaugurated the function. S/Shri K.P. Radhakrishnan, Hon. Secretary; N. Venugopal, Vice Chairman; P. Haridas Menon, Vice Chairman; E Ramankutty, Director, Kochi Kendra; Smt. Chithra S. Nair, Dr. V Bindu, Principals of Bhavan’s Schools in Thrissur participated in the function.
Pakaravur Chithran Namboodiripad Senior Vice Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Thrissur Kendra breathed his last on June 27, 2023 at his residence in Thrissur. He was 101.
Namboodiripad was born on December 19, 1922 in Mookkutala, Malappuram District, Kerala.
Even during his college days, he had developed a liking for spreading knowledge. Namboodiripad succeeded in setting up a high school on a five acre plot which he surrendered to the State Government for a token consideration of Rs. 1/- in 1957.
He also served as District Education Officer and Joint Director of Public Instruction.
It was during this period that the School Youth Festival, which is probably the largest gathering of school children in Asia, was commenced that has attained the prominent position that it enjoys today.
Recognising Namboodiripad's keen interest in the field of Art and Culture, the Government selected him to the post of Secretary of Kerala Kalamandalam, the premier institution of performing arts. In that capacity he took artists belonging to Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyattam etc. to cities in India and abroad such as Japan, U.S.A., European continent, U.K., Australia etc.
He was deeply concerned with public welfare. He donated thirty cents of land to the Department of Health for setting up of a Primary Health Centre in his native village for the benefit of the poor and needy.
Namboodiripad was the founder President of the Kerala State Pensioners' Association and remained in that capacity till a few years ago.
Namboodiripad had visited the Himalayas thirty times with his team of 150 members.
By way of honouring his meritorious services to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the Thrissur Kendra constructed a multipurpose auditorium in Kulapathi Munshi Bhavan's Mandir's premises, Pottore, which has been named 'Chithran Namboodiripad Shatabdi Mandiram'.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Thrissur has lost its Acharya, Guide, Mentor and binding force. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Bhavan's Thrissur Kendra organised a farewell function on May 27, 2023, at Bhavan's Auditorium to teachers and non-teaching staff. As many as 28 teachers and 10 non-teaching staff retired during the pandemic period to whom the Kendra could not bid farewell on account of the Covid restrictions imposed on gatherings by the Government. Hon. Justice Devan Ramachandran of the High Court of Kerala, who is also a Bhavanite himself, was the chief guest. Mementoes appreciating the services rendered by the retired staff were presented by the Chief Guest.
Sri P. Chitran Namboodithirpad, Sri T. S. Pattabhiraman, Sri K. P. Radhakrishnan and Sri N. Venugopal spoke during the function.
The Bhavan's Thrissur Kendra in its endeavour to turn its schools into Centres of Excellence launched the Awakening Series - Jagaran in 2019. Right from the outset, one of its prime objectives was to hold a mega exhibition.
Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Poochatty, Thrissur, realised that dream on January 21, 2023. The seed sown bore fruit in the form of ANAVARAN 2023 - a full-fledged Art and Science Exhibition on the theme 'Innovations Leading to Sustainable Development.'
The much-awaited one-day exhibition was inaugurated by Dr P. Indira Devi, ICAR, Emeritus Professor, KAU.
Termed broadly as Temples of Innovation, the exhibition consisted of pavilions in which students were divided into groups and were allotted different topics according to their classes.
Pavilion 1 called Effervescence was the Physical and Natural Science section. The topics touched upon were Science and Technology, Energy- its renewable and non-renewable forms, production and conservation, Water sources-”their conservation and preservation, Ecosystem, Food and Nutrition, and Science in Everyday Life.
Pavilion 2 called Mathemagic was the Mathematical Science section where working and still models, charts on the use of Art and Craft in Mathematics, Geometry in real life, forest and weather, Environmental Sustainability and Mathematical Modelling technology were presented by the students.
Pavilion 3, Glowing Legacy connected to Social Science presented projects on various ancient, medieval and modern Indian art and architecture, tribal livelihood and culture, food and festivals of India, glimpses of early civilisation and SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) models.
Pavilion 4 was called Reset, connected to Information Technology. The Computer Science department portrayed the theme of sustainable development and digital STEM.
Pavilion 5 - Udbhaavana - Art Integrated Learning showcased how a wide range of topics could be integrated with various art forms. The main attraction was the Juice and Chips Corner where the main ingredients were different types of flowers.
Pavilion 6 - Kaleidoscope- displayed a whole lot of photographs taken by the aspiring photographers of the school, the students themselves.
Pavilion 7 - Petal's Pallette where Art and Craft items beautifully brought out the creativity of children without losing touch of the main theme - sustainable development.
Pavilion 8 -“ Zenith - Linguistics and Performances was an amalgam of all the languages. The highlight was the stage performances of the children, which ranged from dances to songs, skit, chenda melam to mention a few, that left the audience in raptures.
ANAVARAN, in the words of the Chief Guest Dr Indira Devi, was a wonderful show of the blend of student talent and careful mentoring by the teachers.
The 43rd Annual Day of Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Poochatty was held on February 10, 2023 on a grand scale. Noted Mohiniyattam artiste Padmashri Dr. Kalamandalam Kshemavathy was the Chief Guest. Smt. Chitra S. Nair, Principal, Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Poochatty, Hon. Secretary, Sri. K. P. Radhakrishnan and other members of the Managing Committee, Thrissur Kendra participated in the celebrations. It was a colourful and attractive cultural evening including items from the traditional folk arts of Kerala namely Margamkali, Kathakali and Theyyam.
The Thrissur Kendra in association with Atma Foundation staged a Bharatanatyam dance recital titled 'Anthara' at Bhavan's Thrissur Kendra auditorium on September 18, 2022.
'Anthara' explored the various hues of human relationships: between the self and the soul, relation between friends, the bonding of the mother and child, the sacred bond between the Guru and shishya and the complex relationship between lovers.
Uma Govind (an artiste empanelled with the ICCR, SPICMACAY, and a Grade A artiste with Doordarshan) and Vidhun Kumar (empanelled artiste of ICCR and recipient of CCRT scholarship and Nitrya Nipuna awardee) interpreted and explored these relationships through their dance. Their mastery over the footwork and abhinaya left the audience enthralled.
Navaratri celebrations started with the arrangement of Bommai Kolu by the teachers on September 30, 2022. The beautiful display of dolls was arranged in the main auditorium. Cultural programmes were conducted every evening from 5:30 pm to 8 pm on puja days (September 30 to October 4). Students of the three schools participated in the programme. Teachers and office staff also took part in the cultural programme. Delicious sweets and savoury snacks were served as prasadam to all the students, parents, participants and guests every day. Pujas were performed every evening for the Bommai Kolu and books were placed for worship by the students.
Annual Gita Recitation Competition is conducted by Thrissur Kendra on Ashtami Rohini day every year. This year, the competition was held on August 18 at Bhavan's Kendra office, Thrissur. More than 200 students from 25 schools all over Kerala, participated in the competition. Bhavan's Vidyalaya, Eroor, Kochi won the overall Championship.
Sri. P. Chithran Namboodiripad, Sr. Vice Chairman, Thrissur Kendra inaugurated the contest and distributed prizes to the winners.
A multipurpose auditorium has been constructed in the Kulapati Munshi Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Pottore, Thrissur, at a cost of Rs.3.25 crores. This auditorium was built to commemorate the birth centenary of Bhavan's Thrissur Kendra's founder Vice-Chairman Sri. P. Chithran Nambudiripad, a visionary academician, writer and social activist. As a mark of respect to his valued services to Bhavan's Thrissur Kendra from its very inception, the auditorium was named 'P. Chithran Nambudiripad Sathabdi Mandiram'. The inauguration was conducted by the Kerala State Revenue Minister Sri. K. Rajan on May 29, 2022 in the presence of Smt. Remya Haridas M.P., and office bearers of Bhavan's Thrissur Kendra. Other Bhavan's Kendras in Kerala participated in the function.
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