Malayalam should be developed into a scientific and technical language, Cultural Affairs’ Minister K C Joseph said here on Friday.
The minister was speaking after inaugurating the golden jubilee meet of the Archives Department on Friday.
“Malayalam should be developed into a language that can be widely used for scientific studies and technologies. For this, the language should be made accessible to everyone easily like many other languages which are available at a click of a mouse,” he said.
The first Malayalam Day, after the language attaining the classic status, was celebrated by the government with an array of novel initiatives. November 1 has been declared as Malayalam Day.
“We must protect the cultural heritage and legacy of our language. A united effort is necessary for strengthening our language and vitalising it,” K C Joseph added.
Joseph pointed out that no one can ignore the recognitions received by Malayalam language.
“We had to wait for 56 years after the formation of the state to get nod for a university for the language. However, the classical language status given to Malayalam language is an honour for every Malayali,” the minister said.
The function began with 103-year-old Pappukkutty Bhagavathar, popularly known as Kerala Saigal, singing the evergreen hit ‘Soja Rajakumari’.
For their contributions to the language, Pappukkutty Bhagavathar, K L Mohana Varma, M Achuthan and M Thomas were honoured at the function.
Hibi Eden MLA presided over the inaugural meeting.
K P Dhanapalan MP, Charles Dias MP, Anwar Sadath MLA, V P Sajeendran MLA and Loudi Louis MLA, Deputy Mayor B Bhadra, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi secretary Sreemoolanagaram Mohan and Archives Department director K Rejikumar also attended the meeting.