Cultural programmes, seminars and honouring of writers and artists were organized as part of the celebrations in the state capital and other centers.

Malayalam was conferred the "classical" status by the Centre after prolonged campaigning by the government with the support of writers, academics and linguists.

The present state of Kerala was formed on November 1, 1956 by integrating the erstwhile Malabar district under the British rule during the colonial era, with the princely states of Travancore and Cochin.


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