THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) is organising the Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai Memorial Annual Lecture on January 30 at the Conference Hall of the Vyloppilli Samskrithi Bhavan in the city.
P N Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai (1904-1973) was an eminent scholar and researcher on Kerala history.
Madras Institute of Development Studies former director C T Kurien will deliver the lecture on ‘Whither the Indian Economy?.’
C T Kurien, one of the seniormost scholars in Indian economic studies, was
Head of the Department of Economics, Madras Christian College, and subsequently Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies.
Kunjan Pillai’s important works include ‘Unnuneeli Sandesam Charithradrishtiyilkoodi,’ ‘Keralabhashayude Vikasaparinamangal,’ ‘Keralacharithrathile Iruladanja Edukal,’ ‘Chila Keralacharithra Prasnangal,’ ‘Bhashayum Sahithyavum Noottandukalil,’ ‘Sahithya Charithra
Samgraham,’ ‘Sahithyamalika,’ ‘Annathe Keralam,’ ‘Janmisampradayam Keralathil,’ ‘Samskrarathinte Nazhikakkallukal,’ ‘Keralam Anchum Arum Noottandukalil,’ ‘Chera Samrajyam Onpathum Pathum Noottandukalil.’
He has also authored books in Tamil. His important works in English are ‘Studies in Kerala History’ and ‘Some Problems in Kerala History.’ He died on March 4, 1973.
C T Kurien’s social commitment, scholarship and research contributions have been recognized worldwide. KCHR Chairman K N Panickar will preside over the function to be held at 5 pm on January 30.