New art rescues 2000-year-old Muziris-Kochi history in Kerala
Contemporary art is opening a new road to connect to the heritage of the ancient Kochi-Muziris region of Keralto carry it to the world through a series of reconnecting works in a variety of mediums, on display at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012.
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#1 Dec 7, 2012
I am Dr. Patel of "Dr. Patel's Cabinet of Natural Wonders" which many of you have no doubt seen as it has toured the towns, counties, other municipal administrative constructs, and states when they went gathering sticks and dry grass for the land mass named Walla Walla Bing Bangalore. I just wanted to bring your attention to the first paragraph of this fascinating, cryptic, and finally utterly mystifying and too many letters in each name.
#2 Oct 9, 2013
In 1975 when I had occasion to first visit the various ship museums in Oslo and Stockholm such as the Fram, the Kon Ti Ki, the Vasa and Viking ships, I felt that a re enactment of the ancient – 1st c. BCE CE Red Sea – Muziris voyages about which I had written a lot from at least the early seventies in colaboration with Maggy George Menachery, would be a historic event and would go a long way to help tourism on a large scale and would gain a lot of world media and scholarly attention to make the Glory that was Kerala known to the whole world, and more especially to prove the claims of historians about the country’s close contacts with world cultures. The detailed and generally accurate accounts of the various aspects of the journey with full descriptions of the commodities exported from the Muziris entrepot and the demand for these cargos in Rome and elsewhere as given by Pliny the Elder, Strabo, the Periplus & c, and our own Sangam poets Paranar and Erakkandiyur. could be of the greatest advantage in re- enacting such a Muziris voyage to Bernice, Aden and other Red Sea Ports, and to Socotra,Mukkalla & so on. The National Geographic and the UNESCO could assist in such an undertaking and even take the lead in such a project. Simultaneously a real world class Muziris Museum could be set up in Kochi. The works on Kodungallur and Muziris down the past four or more decades by Prof. Menachery could be of considerable help. It is high time the Union Govt. and the Kerala Govt. started thinking on a high level instead of wasting time , energy, and money on superficial and peripheral matters connected with the true Muziris Heritage
#3 Oct 10, 2013
I am Dr. Patel -- yes, that Dr. Patel -- and I again reference the first paragraph of the article yet again. It is fraught with history, mystery, and is the product of a disturbed mind. AND let me add that so-called Professor McHenry gets it all, all wrong. The people who called themselves "Muziri" are a false people. They were a collection of sea-flea bitten stinky failed curry-eating pirates who thought they could outwit the history books by inventing a preposterous name -- an endeavour at which they succeeded (see, please, Dr. and Mrs. Dr. MacHinery's article, above). And just who, please, are the Kzookis mentioned by Pliny the Elder? And just what is the glory that was Korpaka? There was no glory, only Berneice, the fat Lebanese dominatrix. You can say what you will, pile silly name upon silly name, but that does not make it right in the eyes of the scholarly community. Erakkandiyur -- now there's a topper. How can anyone believe that? What was his nickname, Erakka-dakka-doo? I rest my case, should I say I rest the Glory that is My Case.
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