PM Narendra Modi, CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Kozhikode: Mathrubhumi which heralded the cultural, political and social life of the nation will begin its centenary celebrations on Friday. Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the year-long celebrations online at the grand venue raised at the Calicut Trade Centre in Sarovaram. The PM will join at 11 am in the inaugural ceremony which begins at 10.30 am. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will deliver the keynote address online.
Mathrubhumi was born on March 18, 1923 as a lantern for the Indian independence struggle by upholding the principles of ‘Truth, Equality and Freedom’.
The ceremony will begin with singer Sithara Krishnakumar rendering voice to the welcome song composed by Bijipal on lyrics of Kaithapram Dhamodaran Namboothiri. Under writer T Padmanabhan, 11 cultural activists of Kerala will light the lamp and shower blessings. It will be followed by a presentation of Mathrubhumi’s journey of the past 100 years.
MT Vasudevan Nair will unveil the stone inscriptions at the function in which Minister of State for External Affairs of India V Muraleedharan, Minister of Public Works of Kerala P A Mohammed Riyas, Kozhikode Mayor Dr Beena Philip, MP Rahul Gandhi (Online), MP M K Raghavan, Opposition leader VD Satheesan (Online), Elamaram Kareem, Malayala Manorama Managing Editor Jacob Mathew and Walt Disney Company India and Star India President K Madhavan adorn the list of chief guests.
Mathrubhumi Managing Director M V Shreyams Kumar will deliver the introductory address and Joint Managing Editor PV Nidhish will welcome the gathering which will be presided by Mathrubhumi Chairman and Managing Editor PV Chandran. The director of Digital Business Mayura Shreyams Kumar will give the vote of thanks.