KOZHIKODE: Various programmes were organised in the city to commemorate writer Vaikom Muhammed Basheer in connection with his 25th death anniversary.
A special programme was held at Basheer’s house, the Vailalil House at Beypore in which eminent persons from the socio-cultural arena took part. Writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair was the chief guest and cine actor Madhupal gave the commemoration speech. Basheer’s son Anees Basheer and daughter Shahina Basheer also narrated their memories of Basheer.
Addressing the programme, MT said that the intimacy with Basheer proved a great virtue in his life. “The influence of Basheer had given a novel direction for the new generation and it is an asset for them”, he added.
As part of the ceremony, Anees Basheer, son of Muhammad Basheer handed over a fruit tree sapling to M.T. Vasudevan Nair. The painted portraits of Basheer, exhibited by the students of the South Kodiyathur UP School, were widely appreciated. Former Rajya Sabha MP Abdussamad Samadani, actor Mamukoya, writers Dr. Khadeeja Mumtaz, K.P. Sudheera, DC Ravi and magician Pradeep Hudino among others present.
The Bank Men’s Film Society in association with Basheer Anusmarana Samithi, screened two movies Bhargavi Nilayam and Balyakalasakhi, to mark the occasion.
A collection of 45 photos, portraying the life events of Basheer clicked by Punaloor Rajan was exhibited along with the screening. However, there is growing resentment among Basheer lovers over the delay in building the Basheer Memorial even after twenty five years since the plan was first mooted....