Charummoodu

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Kettukala from Charummoodu at Padanilam Sivarathri

Charummoodu is a major junction and town in Mavelikkara taluk of the Alappuzha district, of Kerala state in India. The very famous Vetticode Nagaraja Temple is located at a distance of 4 kilometers from Charummoodu Town. Padanilam Parabrahma Temple, which is famous for its Sivarathri festival, is about 5 kilometers from Charummood town.

The junction between Kayamkulam - Punalur Road and Kollam - Theni National Highway 183 is at Charummoodu.

Cultural Leaders and Writers[edit]

1.Chunakkara Ramankutty, Notable lyricist, he penned songs for many hit songs in Malayalam like devatharoo poothu , sindoora thilakavumayi, worked for many movies like odaruth ammava alariyam, kandu kandarinju, mutharam kunnu po, adhipan, irupatham noottandu, doore doore koodu kottam, kottayam kunjachan etc[1]

2.O.Madhavan, Playwright& Director.Social activist.Notable Drama - Doctor. His son Mukesh is a popular film actor.

3.Noornad Ramachandran. Film Director National Award Winner for the film Achan Pattalam. Directed a number of Documentaries.

4. V.Muraleedharan Nair. National Award Winner for Best Teacher. Former Head Master VVHS Thamarakkulam.

5. T.R. Tharayil (late) Poet & Novelist. Notable work. Nidarshanam, a Romantic novel. He wrote many poems in Janathinu weekly and closely associated with Communist Movement.

6. B. Aburaj- Poet & Journalist[2]. Director, State Institute of Educational Technology (SIET)www.sietkerala.gov.in. and Advisory Board Member CIET-NCERT. Winner Kerala University Youth Festival twice. Former Vice Chairman Kerala University Union and Asst. Pvt. Secretary to Home Minister Kerala(2006-2011). Worked as Sub Editor Deshabhimani Daily,[3] Editor The Commercial Magazine -Muscat and Asst. Manager Mangalam Daily. Notable work- Adhikaravum Adhyayanavum (Power& Education)

7. J. Shailaja. Dramatist& Cultural Activist. Alumni National School of Drama New Delhi. Notable work -Thathri. Address Vaikhari, Chunakkara. Vice President Chunakkara Sreekumar Foundation and Chairperson Vaikhari Collective. Presently State General Secretary of Natak.


8.Artist Chunakkara K.R.Rajan has won numerous prestigious awards during the past decades. In 1980, he was awarded the International Book Project Award for painting from the United States. In 1993, he won the prestigious National Award for Handicrafts from the National Handicraft Development Corporation. In 1995, he got the Kerala Lalithakala Academy Gold Medal in painting. In 1996, he was bestowed with the Silpakalanidhi award instituted by the Maharaja of Travancore. In the same year, the Gramasree award was another laurel which adorned his illustrious career. Recently he was felicitated with a prestigious award by the Indian Cultural Museum, London for his exemplarity painting Vilaveduppu (harvest of paddy in Kerala). Apart from the various awards and felicitations, numerous articles proclaiming the artistic gifts of K.R. Rajan have appeared in the national and international media. However, the unassuming artist continues his saga modestly and uncaring of his international reputation

Locations[edit]

It is located 12 km from Kayamkulam town. It is a main junction on the intersection of SH-5 (KP Road {Kayamkulam - Punalur road}) and National Highway 183 (India), connecting Kollam and Theni. .Charummoodu is located at the border of the Thamarakkulam, Nooranad and Chunakkara Panchayaths and the second largest town in the Mavelikkara Taluk. There is a proposal to form Charummoodu Panchayath by joining parts of Chunakkara, Nooranad and Thamarakkulam panchayaths.

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