Meena Bharani: Red Devotion

K.R. Sunil.

Ala : A Kerala Studies Blog, October 2020.

Excerpt : K. R. Sunil captures the emotions, intensity, and the frenzied atmosphere of Kodungallur’s Meena Bharani in his series of photographs.

 

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Forgotten Greens and Where to Find Them

In its first podcast, Ala talks to Shruti Tharayil about her experience as a forager, and the importance of localizing knowledge systems in a rapidly transforming Kerala society.

More info : http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/26/podcast-forgotten-greens/

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മാനസികാരോഗ്യവും സമീപകാല മലയാള സിനിമയും: ചില സംവാദങ്ങൾ

Aprajita Sarcar and P. K. Anand.
Ala : A Kerala Studies Blog, September 2020.

പുരുഷസ്വത്വവും , മാനസികാരോഗ്യവും, സാമൂഹിക വ്യവസ്ഥയും തമ്മിലുള്ള സൂക്ഷ്മബന്ധത്തെ സമീപകാലത്തു പുറത്തുവന്ന ‘ട്രാൻസ്’ (2020), ‘കുമ്പളങ്ങി നൈറ്റ്സ് (2019) എന്നീ സിനിമകൾ അടിസ്ഥാനമാക്കി വിശകലനം ചെയ്യുകയാണ് ആനന്ദും അപ്രാജിതയും.

More info : http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/25/mental-health-and-cinema/

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COVID-19 and Marriage Migration in Kerala

Krishnakumar C.S. and Jayakumar M.S.
Ala : A Kerala Studies Blog, September 2020.

Excerpt : Marriage migration is the largest permanent migration in the state of Kerala, and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about changes in its patterns. Krishnakumar C.S. and Jayakumar M.S. write about these shifts, and their potential socio-economic impacts on Kerala’s society.

More info : http://ala.keralascholars.org/issues/25/covid-19-and-marriage-migration/

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Kerala Scholars Network / Update 21 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala),
Kalady (Ernakulam District)

Ala’s 24th issue is out now and features two articles:

  • Nivedita Kalarikkal writes on the different factors which influenced the  evolution of Malayalam language.
  • J. Devika writes about the life of Saraswathi Amma, her contributions to feminist literature in early modern Kerala, and the need to translate her works in the context of today’s political climate in Kerala—and indeed—in India.
  • Tracing the history of Kerala’s scientific public sphere, Shiju Sam Varughese writes on the major shift in the nature of public engagement with science with the advent of new media.

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Kerala Scholars Network / Update 20 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala),
Kalady (Ernakulam District)

Ala’s 23nd issue is out now and features two articles:

  • In the first of a two-part series, J. Devika writes about the life of Saraswathi Amma, her contributions to feminist literature in early modern Kerala, and the need to translate her works in the context of today’s political climate in Kerala—and indeed—in India.
  • Priya Menon writes about the different dimensions of an emerging genre of ‘petrofiction’ in Keralan literature, in the context of emigration from Kerala to the Gulf countries.

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Kerala Scholars Network / Update 19 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala),
Kalady (Ernakulam District)

Ala’s 22nd issue is out now and features three articles:

  • Sarath Pillai writes about private collections of land-deeds and official records of Malayalees, and how they could be valuable sources in constructing micro and family histories in Kerala.
  • Alex M. Thomas makes a case for revisiting the life and work of K. N. Raj, a development economist who played a formative role in shaping India’s early planning process, and the idea of the ‘Kerala model’.
  • Esthappan explores the link between satirical movies and the popularity of memes based on them in the Malayali virtual sphere.

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Kerala Scholars Network / Update 18 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala)
Ernakulam

Ala’s 21s issue features three articles:
  • Meera M. Panicker offers us a glimpse into Kadar ways of life, and how their everyday practices and their battles for forest rights serve as a lesson in Kerala’s current moment of environmental crisis.
  • Lakshmi Pradeep analyses the human-non-human relationships in the 2017 film, Parava, to talk about ‘cli-fi’, an emerging genre of Malayalam cinema.
  • Rithvik Shankar writes about caste hierarchies and conflicts in the context of Pulimaranja Thondachan Theyyam.

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KSM Update 2020 – 3

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Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala Scholars Network / Update 17 – Ala–A Kerala Studies Blog

From
Aparna Vincent, PhD (Co-editor, Ala)
Ernakulam

Ala’s 20th issue has a COVID-19 theme, and features two articles:

  • Kerala’s COVID-19 response has gained international attention for its egalitarian approach. Ophira Gamliel reflects on how studying the Malayalam language provides insight into the culture that enables this success.
  • As Kerala continues to assess COVID-19 costs and responses, Pulapre Balakrishnan writes about two potential post-pandemic challenges—changing migration patterns, and our self-sufficiency in essential commodities.
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