Malavika, a Class IX student never thought that she would get practical lessons on clay modelling and that she would be able to to exhibit her works in public. She is now confident that she can continue her hobby in clay modelling and if she gets the opportunity she wants to pursue a career in clay modelling or mural painting.
Prior to attending the seven-day workshop arranged by the Spic Macay (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Among Youth) at Thodupuzha she had tried clay modelling with the help of the videos on You Tube.
Malavika was one among the 90 students who attended the workshop in clay modelling and mural painting.
As many as 250 students from Class I to post graduates participated in the recently concluded workshop in six traditional art-forms including Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Tholpavakoothu, Kalaripayattu, clay modelling and mural painting.
Pranav, a Plus Two student who attended the workshop on Kathakali and Kalaripayattu in two sessions, said that it helped him learn about the two classical art forms.
Spic Macay Thodupuzha chapter co-ordinator K.P.Venugopal on Saturday said that it was for the first time a workshop was held by it in the district.
He said that the response was immense and the interest among the young towards the traditional and classical art forms was evident from the number of participants.
“It is a positive sign that many of them want to pursue a career in traditional art forms or in classical arts,” he said. The summer workshop held at the Saraswathy Nikethan Central School was free of cost and experts took classes and conducted practical sessions. The workshop was arranged with the intention to reach the classical art forms to the young generation, he added.
The Kerala police "abruptly withdrew" security provided to retired High Court judge Justice B Kemal Pasha on Saturday.
He alleged that they withdrew security at a time when he was facing threat from Islamic State's terror operatives in Kerala.
The retired judge said four armed police guards deputed for his personal security had withdrawn by the government.
When contacted, he said, "The decision had taken at the Home Secretary-level on Friday. The police personnel left me ending their service today (Saturday)."
The retired High Court judge Justice B Kemal Pasha, who had been vocal against the CPM-led LDF government's 'failure' in handling various cases, sources said here.
Alleging the security has withdrawn for raising voices against the policies of the government over various issues including the alleged killing of four Maoists in an encounter by police in Attappadi recently, the eminent jurist said he would continue to protest its 'wrong policies'.
The Kerala government on Wednesday approved the project under which nearly two million families below the poverty line will get free access to high-speed internet by December 2020.
Now, 20 lakh poor can access the internet for free in Kerala after the state cabinet made the internet connection a basic citizen right, similar to water, food, and education.
The path has now cleared to provide internet access to every household in the state. It comes in line with the directions by the United Nations (UN), which believes every country must provide free internet access to every citizen so as to exercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion.
"Internet connection (has been) made a basic citizen right," Kerala's Finance Minister Thomas Isaac tweeted. The project will ensure that there is internet service in every household of Kerala, Isaac added.
In March 2017, the budget of the most literate state in the country proposed a project aiming to provide internet free of cost to 20 lakh poor families and at subsidized rates to others.
A top Maoist leader from Tamil Nadu got killed in an encounter between Maoists and policemen that continued for the second day on Tuesday at the Attappadi forest, Kerala. The police said that three Maoists got killed earlier and the policemen have engaged in the inquest of their bodies when some other Maoists attacked the policemen, triggering a fresh gunfight.
According to the Kerala police, Maoists fired at the Thunderbolt patrolling team inside the forest areas of Attapadi Hills of Palakkad early Monday morning. In retaliation, the Thunderbolt forces fired back, killing three Maoists, including a woman.
The police had launched an operation to look for the missing fourth Maoist. But had to abandon it due to rain and darkness, a senior commando police officer told.
On Tuesday morning, when the Revenue Divisional Officer and local administration reached the encounter spot to identify the bodies, they have attacked again. The team had to take defensive positions and retaliate, killing one more Maoist.
The police identified two out of the four slain Maoists. One was Karthick from Tamil Nadu and the woman member was Jyoti from Karnataka. The identities of the other two deceased are yet to ascertain.
Police sources said the Maoists belonged to the Kabani Dal.