Maha Kavi Moyinkutty Vaidyar Smaraka

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Maha Kavi Moyinkutty Vaidyar Smarakam
Coordinates 11°09′08″N 75°57′26″E / 11.152251°N 75.957299°E / 11.152251; 75.957299
Location Pandikkad, Kozhikode-Ferokh-Palakkad Hwy, Kondotty, Malappuram, Kerala, India
Designer unknown
Type memorial
Completion date 1999
Dedicated to Moyinkutty Vaidyar

The Maha Kavi Moyinkutty Vaidyar Smarakam (Malayalam: മഹാ കവി മോയി൯കുട്ടി വൈദ്യ൪ സ്മാരകം) is a memorial building dedicated to Moyinkutty Vaidyar(1852–1892), often referred to as Mahakavi (great poet), is historically considered as one of the most renowned poets of the Mappila pattu genre of Malayalam language.[1]

About Moyinkutty Vaidyar[edit]

Moyinkutty Vaidyar was born to Unni Mammad and Kunjamina in year 1852 at Ottupara, Malappuram district, Kerala. His father was famous practitioner of Ayurveda branch of medicines and poet of the times, he completed the work of his son based on Hijra from the 27th Ishal onwards. Moyinkutty Vaidyar continued his family tradition of Ayurvedic medical practice and hence he known as ‘Vaidyar’ (practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine). He learnt Sanskrit and Arabic languages. He composed the romantic epic Badarul Munir – Husnul Jamal (1872) at the age of 17. It was a fictional love story of Prince Badarul Muneer and Husnul Jamal and it included many fantasy pieces as well. Towards the end of his life, he followed another style of writing. Among all his works, Mappilappattu (light /folk songs of Muslim communities) made him popular poet. He used to camp at Munchundi Mosque (Muchundipalli), Kuttichira while compiling some of his works. He died in the year 1892 at a comparatively younger age of 40 leaving behind his wife and three children. None of his direct descendants was survived after his children. His father outlived him, and completed the work Hijra on behalf of his son. Maha kavi moyinkutty vaidyar smaraka now preserves many handwritten copies of his works.[2]

He is titled ‘Mahakavi’ (Great poet) and his major poetry works include Salaseel, Elippada, Baithila, Hijra, Ottakathinteyum maaninteyum kathakilathimala, Moolapuranam, Uhad Padappattu, Theevandichinth, Karamath Mala, Swaleeqath and Mullappoocholayil. Shabvathul Bdarul Kubra, also known as Badar Padappattu, is considered one of the finest compositions of Mappilappattu. Malappuram Padappat is the next noted song.[2]

Bachgrounds of the monument[edit]

In 1999, Chief Minister of Kerala, E. K. Nayanar inaugurated the Mahakavi Moyinkutty Vaidyar Smarakam at the poet's birthplace in Kondotty as a cultural centre to attract research into the annotations of Badar pattu, and its studies and interpretations in Malayalam.

Mappila Kala Academy[edit]

On February 9, 2013 Mappila Kala Academy was inaugurated, functioning at the memorial building itself, by The Kerala State Minister for Culture K. C. Joseph (Irikkur politician) and was made necessary arrangement to allot fund from Non-plan fund of the Government.[3]

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