Thiruvananthapuram: Poet Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri turns 80 on Monday. Disciples, friends and readers will join together at Bharath Bhavan in the capital city to celebrate the beloved poet’s birthday. At present, Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri is leading a retired life in Thycaud.
Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri will witness releasing of a book in the name of his grandfather Seeravalli V. Narayanan Namboothiri as a tribute to him. He has been treasuring the manuscript of a Kathakali script ‘Chithrakethuvijayam’ penned by his grandfather 70 years ago. Mathrubhumi Books will publish the book on the poet’s birthday which falls on Monday.
Seeravalli V. Narayanan Namboothiri was a social reformer, activist of Dakshinathya Brahma Sabha and editor of Dharmabodhini magazine. It was he who taught Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri Sanskrit in childhood.
Mathrubhumi former editor N. V. Krishna Warrier had written the foreword to ‘Chithrakethuvijayam’ Kathakali script in 1962. The book includes this foreword in his handwriting. Prof. V. Madhusoodanan Nair will be releasing the book.
Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboothiri and team will stage 'Chithrakethuvijayam' Kathakali on Monday. Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri’s younger daughter Aparna will also be part of the performing team.
Along with this, his elder daughter Adithi’s memoir ‘Vaikiyo Njan’ about her father will be released by Prabha Varma on Monday. Also a talk with Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri and Sugathakumari will take place as part of the event.