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Chittur the thaluk headquarters of Kozhinjampara is a small town in Palakkad district located on the banks of the river Kannadipuzha – river that gleams like a mirror. Being in the rice growing heartland it is referred to as the ‘nellara’ (granary) of Kerala. This place has a history and cultural make up unlike any other in the state. The town is a thriving hub of literary, musical and religious cultures having been settled by generations of scholars and musicians from various communities. Thunjathu Ramanujan Ezuthachan, the father of Malayalam language,a poet and linguist and one of the grand architects of the Malayalam language as it has come to be spoken today, spent his last days here. His final resting place is famous for Vidyarambham celebrations, where young children are initiated into the world of words and knowledge.

 

Music

The tradition of classical music is a long standing one here. The Government college is among the few in the state that offers formal guidance and training to aspiring musicians who want to take up the study and practice of classical music as a vocation. The town hosts concerts yearly -particularly during certain prominent temple festivals - which draw classical music lovers from all around the state and the country.

 

Social/Cultural

The town is also home to many important temples, the most famous one being the Chittur Bhagavathy Kshetram, which plays a central role in the Konganpada celebration - It honors the deity for her role in saving the town of Chittur from the incursions of the neighboring kingdom of Konganad - the areas around present-day Coimbatore in neighboring Tamil Nadu. The three-day festival re-enacts the critical milestones of this famous conflict that is believed to have happened around the 10th century CE.

Community

Chittur is still home to many prominent Hindu communities who can trace their ancestry to the early times of the town’s origins and evolution. The town is clean and not very congested, except when there are temple festivals and other public events. It wears the palpable aura of a bygone time that witnessed many a social and cultural high. It has an eclectic social milieu and one can hear both Tamil and Malayalam being spoken in the town’s streets and shops.