Saturday, December 29, 2007

Methodological Change in Studies of kerala culture

This site is dedicated to all malayaalans.The word malayaalan means natives of the present geographical area west of western ghats/east of arabian sea /south of south canara/north of kanyaakumari inclusive of kanyakumari-Old kuttanaatu,kutanaatu,puulinaatu,ven naatu Etc -Malayaala identity. We are always talking of Keralam and keraliiyas. malayaalan nedukkalaayanaaTTu iisaanamangalathu maanavallan kannan and many others were officers of Raajaaditya chola in 948 A. D.The names indicate that malayaalans of Nedunganaatu,ndumpurayuurnaatu ,mankarai,( present NILA river valley areas -old kutanaatu)tirukkunrappulai,tirukkandiyur,(areas around Trikkunnappula in the present kaayamkulam areas-old vempolinaatu/otanaatu)and venaatu.Now it is very clear that natives of land between river NILA and Port trikkunnappula on the mouth of acchan koovil aar and in areas south of it in veenaatu ( Kollalam port where tarisappally existed )were settleled by malayaalans-the ancestors of us.A study of vaaniyam kulam area was taken up as first village study as a part of evolving a methodology to study malayaala raajya charitram( keralaculture is the common title used by all historians)because of this unique reference of malayaalan for the 1st time is malayaalan Netumkaalaayanaattu maanavallan kannankannan .Vaaniyam kulam vijnaaniiyam is the work done by I.Pioneering attempt Put forward and promoted byVAANIYAM KULAM PANCHAAYATH II.The peoples participation was effectively used by adopting a system by Sri P K Sivadas III.Scientific methodology was evolved and applied by Dr .N.M. Nampoothiri, as a case study of Bharathappula river valley under UGC Major Research Project Cultural Geography and Habitat of Bharathappula river valley .Thanks to SNGS College,Pattaambi and UGC. By this it was able to apply the theoretical basis filtered from Calicut Studies.The work was started in 1997,as seen in the picture Vazhiyatayaalangal .The starting was based on TOPONOMICAL ANALYSES of Calicut Taluk. Calicut studiesfocusses on Port study,Capital City study,Zamorins records study,Power structure of Zamorins of Calicut,Toponymical study to understand village culture (200 Villages of Calicut Taluk).A new methodology to study malayala culture evolved from Toponomical analyses is as follows: Geography>Resources>Habitation>Urbanisation>City/market/port/villagecentres/temples/shrines-Etc
Further reading:1Kerala Samskaaram akavum puravum-Dr.N.M.Nampoothiri Pub Central Co-Operative stores ,University of Calicut-Kerala-S.India.
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