Foundation laid for ‘Aakasha Mithayi’ memorial for Vaikom Muhammad Basheer at Beypore in Kozhikode

On Sunday, PA Tourism Minister Mohamed Riyas laid the foundation stone of “Aakasha Mithayi”, a memorial for writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer in Beypore. The memorial is being constructed with the help of Kozhikode Corporation and the Department of Tourism, at a cost of ₹7.37 crore in the first phase, on approximately one acre of land partly owned by the local body. The memorial will include “Aksharathottam”, a community hall, a cultural center, a research center, a Basheer museum, a library, a playground, a walkway and a food stand.

While unveiling the plaque, the minister stressed that no memorial can accommodate Basheer’s magnitude, but ‘Aakasha Mithayi’ is still ‘immini balya’ (a big enough) memorial.

“Basheer has a permanent place in the hearts of Keralites through his stories, described in simple yet unique language. The memorial has been designed in a way to bring the literary world of Basheer to life,” the Minister added. The Mayor of Kozhikode , Beena Philip, chaired the event and Director of Tourism, PB Nooh, was the guest of honour.

The event was held as part of Basheer Fest, a program to commemorate the writer on his 28th death anniversary. Actor Mamukoya opened the Basheer Film Festival as part of the festival, while directors Roshan Andrews and Aashiq Abu, in addition to actress Rima Kallingal, attended a seminar on the relevance of “Basheer films”. A painting competition for children and the staging of a play “Pokkan” were part of the Sunday festivities.

The festival was inaugurated on Saturday by former minister MA Baby. It will end on Tuesday.

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