The Foundation Launch
Some of Dr. Paniker’s fellow-writers, fellow-academics, friends, students and admirers have launched the Foundation..
The Ayyappa Paniker Foundation with its head-quarters in Thiruvananthapuram will undertake tasks that will perpetuate his memory like building an archive of his manuscripts, books, letters, photographs and electronic records, keeping his works in circulation, discovering and printing his unpublished works, continuing to run his poetry magazine, Kerala Kavita, promoting research and bringing out studies on his work.
The Foundation also intends to establish a Poetry Centre with a poetry library, studio and archive, facilities for holding regular events around poetry including national and international poetry festivals and for bringing out periodicals and publications in the diverse disciplines to which Dr.Paniker had dedicated himself. We are on the look-out for a piece of land to build the Centre.
The first memorial event organised by the Foundation in the capital on September 12, the poet’s birthday, itself was sufficient witness to the warmth, fervour and enthusiasm that his memory evokes in people from different walks of life. Even while it was confined to the locality and we could not involve Paniker’s admirers from outside
Thiruvananthapuram due to various constraints , it was a huge success by any standards. The whole day the VJT Hall was overflowing with Dr.Paniker’s admirers who were treated to the First Ayyappa Paniker Memorial Lecture delivered by Dilip Chitre, the doyen of Marathi literature as also an internationally recognised editor, poet and translator in English, the meraningful symposium on Ayyappa Paniker Today with some outstanding critics as participants, the recitation of Dr.Paniker’s poems by young poets, the Poets’ Meet with the best of Malayalam poets like ONV, Sugathakumari, Kadammanitta, Vishnunarayanan, Vinayachandran and Balachandran Chullikkad,the public meeting inaugurated by the Hon Minister for Culture ,Govt.of Kerala with Paul Zacharia as the main speaker and the screening of a documentary on the poet. A book on Dr.Paniker published by the Foundation was released on the occasion besides a work by Dr .Paniker and a Selection from Paniker’s Poetry that was released by Bharat Murali. The Foundation means to organise similar functions in different parts of Kerala as also outside the state with the help of like minded people and eminent poets,critics and scholars like U.R.Anantha Murthy,Sitakant Mahapatra, Ashok Vajpeyi, Dilip Chitre, Keki Daruwalla,Meenakshi Mukherjee, Yasmine Gooneratne etc on its advisory board.