In order to facilitate free expression of the artistic and other abilities of the senior citizens and thus help them unwind themselves while providing entertainment to others, the Forum holds an Azhchavattom programme at 6.30 p.m. every Tuesday. Over the years this programme has become very popular. Here members are free to sing, tell stories, narrate anecdotes or discuss anything of topical interest including matters of health and ailments.
This is a programme meant to give budding poets opportunities to present their creations before friends and well-wishers. They can hear fair criticism or appreciation and they are also at liberty to reply. The idea is to give talented writers ample exposure so that they can grow and flower in a conducive environment. Kavyamoola is held at 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month.
Besides poetry there is freedom to recite songs and read prose works like short stories, book reviews etc.
Many writers and young poets do present their works at the Kavyamoola forum and the animated discussions that follow make the affair lively and interesting.
Akshara Sloka Sadas
In the good old days of leisure and recreation it was customary for literary pundits and poets to gather for a virtual matching of their wits and scholarship— at what was known as Akshara Sloka Sadas. They usually sat in a circle for the event. The senior-most member of the group would start off the evening programme by reciting a sloka. The person next to him would then recite a sloka starting with the first letter of the third line of sloka just finished by his predecessor. The third person similarly would take his cue from the first letter of the third line of the sloka delivered by the second participant. This process could go on for hours until one by one everybody got stumped and withdrew leaving one man who became the winner of the evening
This form of entertainment still draws epicureans but in the absence of stalwarts of the earlier era, it has lost much of its sheen and the appreciative crowd is getting thin. For one thing the pursuit of scholarship is a diminishing fact of life. Secondly, few people can find time to cultivate such hobbies. Thirdly, there are other diversions which have greater pull and are less taxing on the brain. Lastly, there are few sponsors for this form of entertainment.
The Edappalli Akshara Sloka Sadas was established a few years ago to reverse the trend and keep alive this form of traditional intellectual amusement. It has found new adherents.
The Sadas is held in the Park at 2 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of every month and it conducts its anniversary celebrations during the Onam festival.
It is a drama outfit of children for children by children, set up for providing them training in acting, directing and staging plays. It was registered under the Charitable Societies Act. It has its own managing committee elected from among children under 16 and its functioning is guided by Prof. Chandradasan, director of Lok Dharmi, a well-known professional drama group in Tripunithura.
Mazhavillu conducts training classes on every Saturday and usually holds a five-day drama camp in April. Besides, it has now been decided to have a three-day workshop on kathaprasangom as part of Kedamangalam Sadanandan anusmaranam on April 11,12 & 13 every year. The Kerala Kathaprasanga Academy would be directing the workshop. In the first such workshop in 2009 fifteen students participated.
The availability of two rent-free well-equipped modern stages along with essential paraphernalia, like lighting gear for special effects, stand-by generator, good sound systems, enough chairs and adequate space to accommodate a large audience and above all presence of an ample crowd of epicureans keen about the art make Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram the natural choice of drama groups in this part of Kerala. It is no accident, therefore, CSK becomes the venue for a number of stage presentations including natakolsavams every year.
The Changampuzha Natakolsavam in 2008 staged eight top-class plays in as many days. Early in 2009 P.J. Antony Smarak Samithy held a five-day festival.
The Lok Dharmi drama group in Tripunithura led by Prof. Chandradasan and CSK jointly present high quality plays every year,.
In 2008 the Ernakulam Press celebrating its 40th anniversary, in association with the National School of Drama sponsored an 8-day-long drama festival honouring Kavalam Narayana Panicker, doyen of Malayalam drama, on his 80th birthday.
Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram holds a three-day dance festival in December every year with the cooperation and active participation of dance schools and cultural groups in and around Edappalli. Involvement of reputed dancers make the event memorable. This apart CSK is host to several dance recital programmes arranged alone or in connection with numerous celebrations.
This is a festival of students from schools in and around Edappalli and Elamakkara areas. The schools take great care to showcase those students who are talented in one or the other field..
This platform enables to rope in all neighbourhood schools and through them a large number of students in the activities of Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram. It could eventually acquire a new dimension and grow into a robust, symbiotic relationship to mutual advantage.