St Mary’s college of Puthanangadi is a towering Saraswathi Temple that illuminated lights in the life of many. The institution was established by C.F.I.C Monastery in 1996.Since then many students have graduated from the college in various disciplines.From the very beginning many diverse programs are being conducted with the aim of overall growth of every student who comes here as a learner.Malayalavedhi is one of the notable programs in the category and it is operated independently with the amalgamation of teachers and students of various departments.Exhibition of traditional art forms will help to generate the value and significance of traditional culture of our native land; the historical and cultural implications of the traditional artistic performances sustain the cultural spirit in the modern generation.The program was formally inaugurated on August 12,1997 by the late Dr. Sukumar Azhikode with ‘the motto of Awakening’;awakening with the aim of cultivating love of Malayalam language and nurturing the natural artistic tastes among students.
CFIC Provincial Superior Father James,College Principal Father Joseph Parayil ,Angadipuram Panchayat President and many dignitaries were present on the occasion.During the inaugural speech Dr Sukumar Azhikode emphasized the importance of love towards mother tongue.All possible assistance was offered by the Provincial Superior for the overall development of Malayalavedhi.For the last 24 years, Malayalavedhi has been implementing its activities in a way that makes his words synonymous even today.The Panchayat President mentioned in his congratulatory address that Malayalavedhi was formed by a group of native language lovers that could not be evidenced in other colleges in Malappuram district. College Principal ,Father Jose Parayil congratulated Sri. Manoj Veetuvelikkunnu, Asst. Prof. Of Malayalam for his concept and vision of Malayalavedhi.The inagural function was concluded by the speech of Abhilash M K,student representative of Malayalavedhi and vote of thanks was delivered by Nebu Antony.
At the beginning of the new academic year,student representatives were selected from all classes and a 12-member executive committee was formed.In addition ,one of the students was elected chairman to oversee its activities.Abhinayakalari(Drama school) is organized under the leadership of this organizing committee. Dr Rajesh disciple of famous playwright, KPS Payyenedathu, held the helm of Abhinayakalari.About 60 students took part in it with the aim of nurturing their acting skills. As a result so many plays were staged in the college and in addition to that manuscript magazines were published.Later Malayalavedhi gradually grew in to a community of alumni.It was also decided to celebrate the anniversary extensively every year.Malayalavedhi anniversary is celebrated along with college arts festival and its a matter of great pride that Malayalavedhi has been able to bring famous art,culture and literature heroes to campus every year. Dignitaries like Sara Joseph,Fabi Basheer,Vaishaken,P Surendran, Manavoor Rajen Babu, Sumangala, Angandiyoor Chandrasekharan, P R Nathan, T D Ramakrishnan, Alankode Leelakrishnan, M N Karassery, Vinod Kovoor, V M Kutty, Kuripuzha Sreekumar and V T Murali graced the anniversary celebration.Along with them local political,social and religious leaders also took part in the anniversary celebration.Introducing the works of famous writers,discussions based on the best novels,poetry writing and many other events are being organized on the campus under the leadership of Malayalamvedhi.Campus newspaper titled as “Malayala Deepam” is released on anniversary day.It also aims to introduce the unique art forms of Kerala to next generation.As a part of this ,various art forms such as Theyyam, Chakyarkoothu, Nangyarkoothu ,Ottanthullal, Kathakali,Nadanpattu and Kalaripayattu were performed on anniversary celebrations.
With the intention of introducing musical instruments students visited the famous Percussionist Neralath Ashramam(Memorial of Neralath Ramapothuvaal) under the initiative of Malayalavedhi.It is worth mentioning that Malayalavedhi has been instrumental in familiarizing Sopana sangeetham of Neralath Harigovindan to the campus.