Appan Thampuran Smarakam in Thrissur

Appan Thampuran Smarakam in Ayyanthole is a cultural museum constructed in honour of the contributions of Ramavarma Appan Thampuran in the field of literature and related arts in Kerala.

Appan Thampuran Smarakam in Thrissur

Historical Information about Ramavarma Appan Thampuran

Appan Thampuran is an influential writer of Malayalam Literature and a key figure in bringing about a wave of unconventional ideas and path – breaking questions into the realm of Keralite Literature. It is said that he set in motion the Renaissance (the revival of European art and literature under the influence of classical models in the 14th–16th centuries) in Malayalam Literature. His contributions to Malayalam literature are considered equivalent to that of Miguel Cervantes, author of `Don Quixote,' in European literature. Appan Thampuran had remarkable courage to raise unconventional questions. A particularly interesting anecdote about him goes: When a board banning the entry of non-Hindus was affixed on a temple wall in Kerala, Appan Thampuran had boldly condemned the move and said that any area where people could not enter should be given away to the municipality to dump waste.

The Cultural Museum

The foundations of the Appan Thampuran Smarkam were laid down in 1976 at Ayyanthole in the vicinity of Thrissur, in fond memory and commemoration of the champion of Malayali Literature. The Smarkam was established in the Kumarapuram Palace, which used to be Ramavarma Appan’s place of residence. It is now maintained by theThe Kerala Sahitya Akademi, which also runs a cultural museum here.

The Museum houses a rich treasure of books, journals and literary magazines. Sahitya enthusiasts devour the plunder of this library for its precious historical resources. They also love the quiet and reflective ambience that envelops this place.

The memorial of Appan Thampuran often witnesses floral tributes by prominent contemporary literary critics to mark his birth and death anniversaries.

Opening and Closing Timings

Monday through Friday: 9.30 AM - 4.00 PM ,
Saturday: 9.30 AM - 4.00 PM
Sunday: 9.30 AM - 4.00 PM

The museum is also open on Public Holidays between 9.30 AM - 4.00 PM

How to Reach Appan Thampuran Smarakam

Ayyanthole just lies a few kilometres away from the district of Thrissur and it is the 52nd ward of Thrissur Municipality. From Thrissur, it can easily be reached via road in a ten-minute drive (the distance is not more than 3.5 kilometers). The travelling time on road can however be variable depending on the traffic.

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