Mathrubhumi, the Malayalam daily, will be holding its 100-year celebrations on March 18, 2022 in Kozhikode, Kerala. The centenary celebrations will be virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Various activities are being planned for the duration of the entire year culminating in a grand finale on March 18, 2023.
During the event, Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Kerala, will deliver the keynote address followed by an introductory address by MV Shreyams Kuma, Managing Director, Mathrubhumi and a presidential address by PV Chandran, Chairman and Managing Editor, Mathrubhumi.
Kumar, while commenting on the year-long celebrations, said, “Completing a century of successful existence is a historic milestone in the life of a corporate institution. This momentous landmark became possible only because of the tremendous goodwill shown to us by all our business partners, trade, and industry. We seek their continued patronage and support in future too. In the evolution from letterpress to the wonders of digital technology, we have kept abreast of change. This is reflected in our presence online and on-air, in both television and radio.”
Chandran added, “Mathrubhumi successfully straddles tradition and technology having embraced the change from 1923 to the age of disruption. Conceived in the womb of the independence movement, we witnessed history in the making – the birth of India. Mahatmaji visited our Head Office on January 13, 1934, after unveiling the portrait of our founding-Managing Director, K Madhavan Nair in Kozhikode Town Hall. Our other nationalist founder-directors too were champions of social reforms. The flames of this legacy were kept alive by our cherished late Chairman and Managing Director, M P Veerendra Kumar, who as a veteran socialist and writer dominated the socio-cultural landscape of Malayalam for more than five decades.”