ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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‘Muziris’: A Journey Back in Time

Syam Sudhakar’s poem “Muziris” grieves the loss of the countless memories attached to the once-thriving port city.

Based on the ancient port city Muziris and written in the style of a ballad, “Muziris” is about Kerala’s history, culture, and the gradual development of the Malayalam language from BCE to the present. The poem by Syam Sudhakar abounds in rich imagery and Kerala’s folklore, myths, and popular local stories about the seaport off the Malabar coast, an important point of interaction between South India and Persia, West Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean. The importance of this port lays in the spice trade, especially cinnamon and black pepper (“Black Tears” in the poem), which are indigenous to the Malabar region. The historical importance of Muziris is not only in its economy, but in the reciprocity in culture, tradition and religion influencing Kerala’s history, culture, and language.

Sudhakar, who won the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize in 2022, is a bilingual poet in English and Malayalam. His poems play with the sound patterns on which Malayalam poetry functions. They are steeped in the rich heritage of Indian myths and folklore as in the diverse culture and tradition of Kerala.

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Updated On : 8th Aug, 2023
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