THENHIPPALAM: Portraits of 16 Zamorins from 1892, their swords with the crescent and star motif representing Islam, thaaliyolas (palm leaf manuscripts) of ancient period… the stall heralding Zamorin’s legacy draws crowds at the exhibition as part of International Kerala History Conference here at Calicut University. Guruvayurappan College's exhibits open the doors to the unexplored past of the rich history of Malabar. Stalls of state archives department and the history-folklore departments of the university, and the Government Arts and Science College, Kozhikode, also throw light on the Kerala history.
The exhibition Charithrathile Samoothiri Parvam has portraits of Zamorins from 1892 till 2007 and also various articles used by the royal family for different rituals. The temples owned by the Zamorin and the map of Zamorin’s country, etc. are also on the show. Archives department’s exhibition has some of the valuable documents including the lookout notice issued by the Madras Presidency declaring award of `1,000 for those who can catch EMS Namboodiripad, a police report on Sree Narayana Guru’s Aluva speech pronouncing ‘One Caste, One Religion, One God for man’.
The Government Arts and Science College exhibition on the textbooks of the 19th century including first Malayalam physics textbook also attract history enthusiasts. “Various government orders during the time of princely states displayed here reflect the social changes happened over the years. A lot of new things can be learnt from them,” said Tintu Skaria, a research scholar at the MG University, Kottayam.
“I found it interesting the chart depicting different terms used for the higher numerals, the lookout notice on EMS who would later rule the state and the membership coupon of Indian National Congress,” added Dr Wilson Kokkatt of Christ College, Irinjalakuda. The exhibition ends along with the Conference on Sunday....