Heritage and the Politics of Culture
Transitions of Kerala: Narrations and Representations
The panel with five research articles attempts to enquire the representations of the spheres of consciousness of Kerala. The scholars have tried to peruse minutely certain proclivities and phenomena that had formed both before the idea of Kerala took shape and afterwards. Two of these papers try to understand certain cultural peculiarities before the formation of Kerala. M.c Abdul Nazar’s A political journey of Translation: Socio political Discourses of ‘Padappattu’ in Malabar discusses the translated version of war songs that glorify Prophet Muhammad’s wars which reached the Mappilas of Malabar in Arabi-Malayalam. V. Abdul Lathief’s Decolonizing Imaginations: A Linguistic Analysis of Dars Malayalam of Malabar Muslims sheds light into a diaspora that shored up in the language. The paper addresses the background of Semitic discursive streams that reached the coast of Malabar before the European colonization. M.S Ajith’s paper The cultural Expressions and Internal Contradictions in India’s Extremist left streams: A Study based on Kerala Experiences presents the modern Kerala that practicalised the Communist imagination. It looks at the cultural interventions of the Naxalite stream that disbelieved democracy and wished to seize power through armed struggle. The essay encounters the context where these interventions changed Malayalam literature, art and the renovation of language. Nimmi A.P, in this panel, presents The construct of Family and social reform movements: A study Based on the history of development of the Keralite family. The paper tries to mark one of the themes that Keralite society has currently started to take up for discussions. Though socio-political renaissance have ploughed up Kerala’s culture, family life here has remained orthodox and a site for patriarchal power-play. The paper, Dramaturgy in the Colonial era and the Conception of Political sentience of Malabar sketches how western theatre culture has influenced and turned down the regional theatre models and theatre culture of pre-colonial Malabar.
panel presents five papers as detailed above. These are generally about Kerala and specifically about Malabar. We hope that these articles will help to develop unique and live discussions.