Saturday, January 30, 2016



The Family seminar of the Kurakaran Women’s Association was heldt at Kottarakara Pinaruvila veedu on 30th January, 2016. Mrs. Valsamma Oomman was the moderator of the seminar. Prof. John Kurakar, President of the Kurakaran Valiyaveettil Kudumbayogam inaugurated the seminar. Kumari Rincy Raju, Kumari Christeena, Prof. Molly Kurakar, Mrs. Manju George, Mrs. Gracy Kutty John , Mrs. Kusumam Thomas, Mrs. Sherly Johnson, Mrs. Jolly Jacob Mathew, Mrs Jolly Roy Mrs. Sally Raju, Mrs Rany George, were actively participated in the seminar. Mrs. Valsamma welcomed the members and Mrs. Sally Raju presented the report. The seminar concluded at 5.30 P.M. The seminar concluded at 5.30 P.M


Wednesday, January 27, 2016



Kottarakkara( കൊട്ടാരക്കര )is a town and taluk in Kollam District), in Kerala state, India. The town is close to the Kollam port which has a rich history linked to the early medieval period as well as a reputation for being an important commercial, industrial and trading center. It lies 27 kilometres (17 mi) to the east of Kollam city center and 18 kilometres (11 mi) to the west of on National Highway 208/220.
Kottakkara, also known in the ancient days of the kings as the Elayadathu Swarupam, was a principality ruled by a branch of the Travancore Royal Family. Its fame is also due to Kathakali, the famous dance drama which originated initially as Ramanattam created in the 17th century by Prince and later patronized by the Raja of Kottarakkara in early 19th century absorbing other dance forms of Krishnattam with further innovations. R           aja of Kottarakara is known as the “Father of Kathakali”. Other historical places of interest include the Ganapathi Temple and the over 700 year old Christian church. Kottarakkara, a compound word made up of the words Kotta, meaning "palace", and kara meaning "land", literally means "land of palaces". The small city which had several palaces was thus named "Kottarakkara."
Kathakali traced its origin to the ritualistic (tantric) period of the Vedic Age and connected its growth from the popular, folk dance dramas.It was believed that Kathakali was conceived from Krishnanaattam, the dance drama on the life and activities of Lord Krishna created by the Samoothirippadu ( Samoothiri or Swamy Thirumulpad), of Calicut.The reason for that is said as follows: Once Kottarakkara Thampuran the Raja of Kottarakkara who was attracted by the tone of the Krishnanaattam requested the Samoothirippadu for the loan of a troupe of performers on the eve of some festive occasion. Due to internal feuds and political rivalry between them, the Samoothirippadu refused to send the performers and insulted with the remarks: “It is useless to depute the troupe, because Kottarakkara Thespian’s court would be neither able to appreciate nor understand anything of the highly artistic Krishnanaattam and the high standard of the performance”.Here the political rivalry between the two chieftains leads to the art rivalry. So Kottarakkara Thampuran initiated a parallel mode of entertainment, which he called Raamanaattam which was later transformed into Aattakatha, and yet later into Kathakali while Krishnanaattam based on the story of Lord Krishna’s activities, Raamanaattam described the complete story of Lord Raman.Krishnanaattam was written in Sanskrit, “the language of the Gods”. Raamanaattam was in Malayalam, the language of the people. The use of Malayalam, the local language (albeit as a mix of Sanskrit and Malayalam, called Manipravalam), has also helped the literature of Kathakali sound more transparent for the average audience. By the end of the seventeenth century, the finished product of Raamanaattam was placed before the world under the title Kathakali.Then Kottarakara Thampuran known as the “Father of Kathakali”.
Kottakkara is a small principality close to Kollam. It is now a modern taluk town with all essential facilities. As a taluk headquarters, it has sixpanchayats. It is surrounded by several other towns namely, the Kizhekketheruvu(2.5km from kottarakara town), Karickom, Thrikkannamangal, , Vendar,Mylom, Kalayapuram, Puthur, Poovattoor, Valakom, ,and many others.NH 208(Kollam to Thirumangalam)and MC road(Thiruvananthapuram to Chenganassery) is meeting at kottarakkara. Kottarakkara is linked with Kollam (the district headquarters), both by road and rail, at a distance of 27 km. It is 72 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram (the capital of Kerala) and 80 km to the south of Kottayam.kottarakara is a beautifully landscaped terrain with gift of nature Meenpidipara and Vellaramkunnu. Kottarakara Meenpidippupaara  is one of the most scenic and prominent place in Kerala Situated about 2 kilometers from Kottarakara College Junction. Water of  Meenpidipaara is believed to have healing properties. Many locals visit here regularly. As a testimony, some old persons says  Meenpidipara water is very good  for herbal bathing .Their substantiating fact is that water reaches the falls after flowing through areas of medicinal herbs from Chengamanad Kizhakketheruvu.  Hundreds of tourist from different of the Kollam district visit Meenpidippupara for bathing.In Meenpidipara there is good chance for trekking.Trekking to nearest Myladumpaara in very interesting. Kochu meenpidipara is also very interesting and attractive.Meenpidippupaara  is located in  Kottarakara College Junction. It takes a 5 minutes auto or car drive from kottarakra pulamon to reach Meenpidipaara . Prof. John Kurakar is the president of the Meenpidipara Development Council.
Kottarakara is a major center of Christian community.Kottarakara Thampuran(Raja Of Kottarkara) honored ancient Christian Family’s and famous Christian members. Mr. Mathen from Kuravilangad was the manger of his palace (Kottarakara Kottaaram) it is major center for the Malankara Orthodox Church.  St.Gregorios College is the famous Arts and science  Higher Institution,Bed College and Higher secondary institutions were satred by Orhodox Bishop H.H Basalios  Marthoma Mathews II,in the name of St.Gregorios Parumala in Gregorios mount Kottarakara. Many famous  Hospitals and other private business centers are here.
The town contains many notable places of worship, including Sree Maha Ganapthy Temple (in the suburb of Kizhakkekara), dated to the 10th-11th century, shrine of Ganapathy, Mahadeva Temple (in the western suburb of Padinjattinkara), Kottarakkara Goshala and Kulasekharanellor Sree BhadraKali Temple, amongst many other temples. Kottarakara Assembly Constituency is part of the Mavelikkara (Lok Sabha constituency). Kottarakkara is an official taluk of India and has administrative authority over 27 villages. Kathakali traced its origin to the ritualistic (tantric) period of the Vedic Age and connected its growth from the popular, folk dance dramas.
Kottarakkara Sree Manikanteswara Mahadeva Temple is located near the "Althara", on the northern side. Shiva in the form of a fierce hunter is deified here. Another shrine next to it is a Durga temple, where the deity installed is known as Pazenadu Bhagavathy. Devi The idol of was carved out from the root of the jack tree by Perumthachan.
Kottarakara is a major center for both the Malankara Orthodox Church and the Mar Thoma Church. The most important churches are Kizhakketheruvu Orthodox Valiyapalli, Kottarakara Mar Thoma Pally, Padinjaretheruvu Orthodox Church, Kottapuram Orthodox Church,  Ayppalloor Salem Orthodox church and Neeleswaram St. Mary's Orthodox Church. There are also Catholic churches, Pentecostal church's (namely The Pentecostal Church, Church of God) and a mosques near the market in Kottarakkara.Kottarakara holds the famous center of  Christian Conventions .Historically, the small town was known as the land of palaces of kings in Kerala. Its earliest known palace construction is traced to the 14th century. This is attributed to the dynasty of Ilayidathu (also known as Kunninmel), who established themselves here. During the period 1383–1444, Chera ruled over Venad and built his palace here. It was then the capital of the (also spelled Elayadutharai Swarupam), which is testified by the remnants of seven palaces.In 1739, the Dutch and allied forces had attacked the Travancore forces who were backed by the British at at Kottarakkara. The Dutch then installed the princess of Elayadathu Swarupam, who had escaped earlier from Kottarakkara to Tekkumkur as the ruler of the state. In return, the princess had gifted to the Dutch a large farm about 15 miles from Kollam and also at Bichnor where they established their “redoubt”. Followed by this victory, on December 30, 1739 the armed forces than attacked the Travancore and won many battles.
However, in the 18th century, the last queen of this dynasty surrendered her kingdom to Marthanda Varma (her cousin), following which the queen went to Cochin where she sought asylum from the Dutch. The Dutch had provided her a pension of 2 rupees and 5 annas.After Tipu Sultan invaded Malabar, Dharma Raja the royal family member of North Malabar settled in Kottarakara. In the mid 19th century, the family line disintegrated.
In 1835, it became part of the administrative unit of Kollam as part of the Travancore state which had two revenue divisions, the Kottayam and the Kollam. In 1949, it became part of the integrated state of Travancore and Cochin. The town Village, Block and Jilla and, of course, the state and central governments.2014 Kottarakara become the Municipality.Kottarakara Assembly Constituency is part of the Mavelikkara (Lok Sabha constituency). Kottarakkara is an official taluk of India and has administrative authority over 27 villages. Kathakali traced its origin to the ritualistic (tantric) period of the Vedic Age and connected its growth from the popular, folk dance dramas.
Prof. John Kurakar

D. Unnikrikrishnan Nair

Monday, January 18, 2016


കിഴക്കടത്തു പാലവിലയിൽ
 കുരാക്കാരൻ കെ. തോമസ്മുതലാളി അന്തരിച്ചു
Kizhakketheruve Kizakkedethu Palavilayil Sri Kurakaran K. Thomas Muthalali died on 16th January, 2016. He was 87. He had age related ailments, He was the Former convener of the  Kizhakkedathu branch of the Kurakaran Valiyaveettil Kudumbayogam. He was the active member of the Pattamala St. George Orthodox Church. He is surviving his wife Accamma (member of the kozhikottu Pandethu Family, Karunagapally) and three sons Biju, Siju, Riju and two daughters Laila and Shaila. Son in laws- Sali, V. M Thomas, Bindhu, Shyni, Jose.
Mr Kurakaran Thomas Muthali’s body,placed at his house for the near and dear to pay their last respects on 18th January,2016 at 8 am.Hundreds from all sections of the society paid their last respects.The last journey from home began by 2 P.M. Among those who paid their last respects to Thomas Muthali on 18th Monday include Prof. John Kurakar, President, Kurakaran Valiyaveettil Kudumba yogam,Mrs Chinnamma John, President,Kurakaran women’s Association, Mr. P.M.G Kurakaran, Mr. K.Kunjappan , Mr. Bobby Kurakar, Mr. Thomas Alex, Mr. Koshy Kizhakkedethu, Mr. Santhosh Jacob, Mr. K.C George Kochuveedu, Mr. K. Alexander and other political and social leaders.  He was buried at  Kizhakketheruvu Pattamala St. Geroge Orthodox Church on 18th January,2016. at 2.30 p.m. H.G Joseph Mar Divanyasious, Bishop of Kolkata dioceses of the Orthodox church and Many  religious leaders attended the funeral ceremony

Prof.John Kurakar

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Prof. John Kurakar, Global Council Trustee of United Religions Initiative (U.R.I) received Pravasi Bharathi Vidya Srestha Awrd-2016 on 11th January at V.J.T Hall Thiruvananthapuram. URI Member Rev. Fr.  O.Thomas awarded with “Spiritual Award and Mr. P.K Ramachandran Nair was awarded “Karma yoga award “Prof. Kuraka was unanimously chosen by the award selection committee considering his dedicated work in the field of Education and U.R.I Activities.  In India.14th Pravasi Bharathi (Kerala) Awards 2016 “Pravasi Bharathiya Diwas” was declared by the Government of India in the year 2002 for honoring NRIs all over the world, for their contribution for the economic development of our nation and recognizing their role in the welfare of the society.

January 9 is fixed for the Pravasi Bharathi Day Celebrations every year, by the Central Government. In Kerala, Pravasi Bharathi Day Celebrations are organized every year since 2003, under the auspices of Pravasi Bharathi News Bullettin, NRI Co-ordination Council and regional committee comprising of social and political leaders.

During these celebrations, prominent NRIs and eminent personalities from political, cultural, business, health and humanitarian sectors, who excel in their respective areas, are also felicitated and honoured with awards. They also give financial assistance to those gulf returnees who are suffering from diseases and poverty. In the previous years, the celebrations were held at Trivandrum in 2003, 2004, 2005 ,2009, 2010 , 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 at Ernakulam in 2006, at Kannur in 2007 and at Kozhikode in 2008. 
പ്രവാസി ഭാരതി വിദ്യാശ്രേയസ് അവാർഡിന് പ്രൊഫ്‌.ജോൺ കുരാക്കാർ  തെരഞ്ഞടുക്കപെട്ടു
തിരുവനന്തപുരം: പ്രവാസി ഭാരതി (കേരള) അവാര്‍ഡുകള്‍ പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചു. വിവിധ നിലകളില്‍ പ്രശസ്തരായവരെയാണ് അവാര്‍ഡിന് തിരഞ്ഞെടുത്തത്. വിദ്യാശ്രേയസ് അവാർഡിന്   പ്രൊഫ്‌.ജോൺ കുരാക്കാർ  തെരഞ്ഞടുക്കപെട്ടു. യു.ആർ .  ഗ്ലോബൽ കൌൺസിൽ ട്രസ്റ്റി ആയ  പ്രൊഫ്‌. കുരാക്കാർ  കേരള കാവ്യ കലാ സാഹിതി  തുടങ്ങി  നിരവധി  സംഘടനകളുടെ സ്ഥാപകനും  നേതൃത്വ നിരയിൽ  പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്ന  വ്യക്തിയാണ് .സ്പിരിച്ചല്‍ എക്‌സലന്‍സ് അവാര്‍ഡ് യു.ആർ .  അംഗമായ  ഫാ. .തോമസിന്  ലഭിച്ചു . കർമ്മയോഗ അവാർഡ്‌  പി.കെ  രാമചന്ദ്രനും  ലഭിച്ചു .2016  ജനുവരി 11  നു വൈകിട്ട്  7  മണിക്ക്  തിരുവനന്തപുരം വി.ജെ റ്റി  ഹാളിൽ  നടന്ന വർണ്ണാഭമായ സമ്മേളനത്തിൽ  യു.ആർ .  അംഗങ്ങൾ  അവാർഡ്‌ ഏറ്റുവാങ്ങി . യോഗത്തിൽ  യു.ആർ . ക്കു  വേണ്ടി  പ്രൊഫ്‌. ജോൺ കുരാക്കാർ  പ്രസംഗിച്ചു .
ഉണ്ണികൃഷ്ണൻ നായർ

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

അഡ്വ .തോമസ്‌ കുരാക്കാരൻ അന്തരിച്ചു .

അഡ്വ .തോമസ്കുരാക്കാരൻ  അന്തരിച്ചു .

അഡ്വ .തോമസ്കുരാക്കാരൻ  അന്തരിച്ചു  2015  ഡിസംബർ  10  ന്   രാവിലെ  7 .45 നായിരുന്നു അന്ത്യം.ശവസംസ്ക്കാരം ഡിസംബർ 11 ന്  (വെളളിയാഴ്ച )12 മണിക്ക് ഐപ്പള്ളൂർ ശാലേം സെൻറ് .ജോർജ് ഓർത്തഡോൿസ്‌  പള്ളിസെമിത്തേരിയിൽ  നടത്തി

പ്രമുഖ അഭിഭാഷകൻ  പടിഞ്ഞാറെ വീട്ടിൽ  അഡ്വ .തോമസ്‌ കുരാക്കാരൻ (7 7 വയസ്സ് ) അന്തരിച്ചു. മുഖത്തല കൈതപ്പുഴ കുടുംബാംഗം  ഓമനതോമസാണ്  ഭാര്യ . അഡ്വ .ഷൈനി തോമസ്‌ ,പി.ടി ഷൈല , ഡോക്ടർ പി.ടി സീന(പോസ്റ്റ്‌ ഡോക്ട്രൽ സയന്റിസ്റ്റ് ), ജോണ്‍ തോമസ്‌ കുരാക്കാരൻ (ദുബായ് ) ജേക്കബ്‌ തോമസ്‌ കുരാക്കാരൻ (ബാങ്ക് മാനേജർ ) എന്നിവർ മക്കളാണ് .ബിജു ജോർജ് (P  .W  .D  ),ഡോക്ടർ ഫെബാ ,ബ്രൈസ്രാജൻ (മുത്തൂറ്റ് ) എന്നിവർ മരുമക്കളാണ് .  കേരളത്തിൽ കോളിളക്കംസൃഷ്ടിച്ച കല്ലടരണ്ടുരൂപ കള്ളനോട്ടുകേസ് ,കൊട്ടാരക്കര ഹൈവേ റോബറികേസ് തുടങ്ങിയ നിരവധി കേസുകൾ  ഹൈകൊടതിയിലും മറ്റും വാദിച്ച് വിജയിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള വ്യക്തിയാണ്. സ്പെഷ്യൽ പബ്ലിക്‌ പ്രോക്സിക്യുട്ടർപദവിയും വഹിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്‌.  തൊഴിലാളി യുണിയൻ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളിലും അദ്ദേഹം ദീർഘകാലം പ്രവർത്തിച്ചു .1980 -ൽ കേരള നിയമസഭയിലേക്ക് മത്സരിച്ചു പരാജയപെട്ടെങ്കിലും  കൊട്ടാരക്കര നിയോജക മേഖലയിൽ ശക്തമായ സ്വാധീനം നിലനിർത്താൻ തോമസ്‌ കുരാക്കാരനു കഴിഞ്ഞിട്ടുണ്ട്.കേരളത്തിലെ പ്രസിദ്ധമായ കശുവണ്ടി തൊഴിലാളി സമരത്തോടനുബന്ധിച്ചു 10 ദിവസം നീണ്ടുനിന്ന നിരാഹാര സമരത്തിനു നേതൃത്വം നൽകിയതോടെ അദ്ദേഹം ട്രേഡ് യുണിയൻ രംഗത്തെ സജീവ നേതാവായി . കുരാക്കാരൻ വലിയവീട്ടിൽ കുടുംബയോഗത്തിന്റെ  ആദ്യകാല സജീവ പ്രവർത്തകനായിരുന്ന അഡ്വ .തോമസ്‌ കുരാക്കാരൻ  ഐപ്പള്ളൂർ ശാലേം ഓർത്തഡോൿസ്‌ പള്ളി സെക്രട്ടറി ആയി സേവനം  അനുഷ്ടിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട് .നിരവധി സാമുഹ്യ സാംസ്ക്കാരിക  സംഘടനകളുടെ സജീവ സാന്നിധ്യ മായിരുന്ന തോമസ്‌ കുരാക്കാരൻ കേരളത്തിനകത്തും പുറത്തും അറിയപെടുന്ന ഒരു , കെ.വിദഗ്ധൻ കൂടിയായിരുന്നു ശവസംസ്ക്കാരം ഡിസംബർ 11 ന് വെളളിയാഴ്ച 12 മണിക്ക് ഐപ്പള്ളൂർ ശാലേം സെൻറ് .ജോർജ് ഓർത്തഡോൿസ്‌  പള്ളിസെമിത്തേരിയിൽ  നടത്തി അഭിവന്ദ്യ ഡോ .തേവോദോറോസ്  തിരുമേനി മുഖ്യ കാർമ്മികത്വം  വഹിച്ചു .വികാരി  റവ .ഫാദർ  ജോണ്‍സൻ മുളമൂട്ടിൽ ,ഫാദർ  തോമസ്‌ പനയിൽ,, ഫാദർ റെജി ലൂക്കോസ് , ഫാദർ പണിക്കർ , ഫാദർ അലക്സ്‌ സ്ക്കറിയ  തുടങ്ങി  നിരവധി വൈദീകർ  ശവസംസ്ക്കാര കർമ്മങ്ങളിൽ  പങ്കെടുത്തു .ജീവിതത്തിന്റെ  വിവിധ  തുറകളില്പെട്ട നൂറുകണക്കിനു  ആളുകൾ അന്ത്യോപചാരമർപ്പിക്കാൻ പരേതന്റെ   ഭവനത്തിലും  പള്ളിയിലും  എത്തിയിരുന്നു .കുരാക്കാരൻ  കുടുംബയോഗത്തിനു  വേണ്ടി  കുടുംബ യോഗം വൈസ്  പ്രസിഡന്റ്‌   രാജൻ ബാബു  പുഷ്പചക്രം  അർപ്പിച്ചു. പ്രൊഫ്‌.ജോണ്‍ കുരാക്കാർ ,പി.എം  ജി കുരാക്കാരൻ ,കെ കുഞ്ഞപ്പൻ , തോമസ് ജോർജു , കെ .സി ജോർജ് , തോമസ്‌  അലക്സ്‌ പാഞ്ചിലഴികത്ത്, പി .ജി  അച്ചൻ കുഞ്ഞ് ജോർജു മാത്യു , വർഗ്ഗീസ് കുരാക്കാർ , ബോബി കുരാക്കാർ ,ജേക്കബ്‌ മാത്യു കുരാക്കാരൻ   തുടങ്ങിയ  കുടുംബയോഗഭാരവാഹികളും  പങ്കെടുത്തു .അഡ്വ .തോമസ്‌ കുരാക്കാരന്റെ സ്മരണയ്ക്ക് മുന്നിൽ ജന്മനാടിന്റെ  ആദരാഞ്ജലികൾ

പ്രൊഫ്‌. ജോണ്‍ കുരാക്കാർ

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


The monthly meeting (September-2015) of the Kurakaran Valiyaveettil  Kudumba yogam was  held on 27th September at Karickom Pinaruvilayil Kurakaran Rajan Babu’s residence. The meeting begun at 3.45 pm with prayer. Mr. Rajan Babu welcomed the members. Mr. George Mathew presented the monthly report. Prof. John Kurakar, president of the Kudumbayogam presided. Mr. K.C George, Mr. Jose Puthen veedu, Mr. Jacob Mathew Kurakaran, Mr. P.M.G Kurakaran, Mr. Jacob Varghese Kurakar, Mr. Binu Mathew , Mr. Jacob Thomas Kurakaran,Mr. Rajan G. Pinaruvila (Punaloor) Mr. Santhosh Jacob(Thiruvananthapuram) Mr. Joshy Varghese Kurakar, Mr. Bobby Kurakar,Mr. Prakash Babu (Punalur) Advocate Alex Mathew,Mr. K.Kunjappan, Mr. Alexander Mathew, Mr. Varghese Kurakar, Mr. T Abraham, Mr. George M, Mr. Joseph Thekkathil, Mr. P.G Achenkunju were spoke on the occasion