The man, his forest and elephants; Nedumkayam Ooru to miss Karuppan
Karulai: Karuppan, moopan (village head) of Nedumkayam Ooru, died on Saturday night. Karuppan has been the head of the colony for half-century. The colony is located inside the Nedumkayam rain forest in Malappuram district.
With his demise, the history of an era that was known for trapping wild elephants and training elephants also vanishes.
Karuppan was the second eldest in the colony. He was serving as mahout under the government service to train and preserve wild elephants. He was the mahout of an elephant called ‘Vanaja’. When the successors of Hyderabad Nizam took Vanaja to Hyderabad in 1989, Kuruppan also accompanied the elephant.
Karuppan, as the head of the colony had solemnized the main events in the village like marriage, death and festivals. Due to age-related ailments, he restrained himself from attending such events of late.
With his demise, the present generation is losing a treasure of knowledge about the forest.