woman and money, they thrive but with support, and flourish only
with protective patronage. Normally under the shade of royalty and
aristocracy they bloom and become immortal by blowing off the gloom
enveloping life with their works. The Kozhikode Tali - the
seat of Lord Siva has had the proud privilege of extending such
patronage to the intellectual luminaries, who produced masterpieces
for the world to profit by. The enlightened Zamorins shone as
Zamorins of letters than the Zamorins of petty kingdoms enjoying
transitory sway over some square miles of land.
patronage is second to none. The highly cultured Lords left behind a
glittering chapter in the annals of Kerala history which immortality
hugging it fondly gave them fresh lease of life from time to time.
This activity was carried on in the august presence of Lord Siva,
who seeing unseen sealed it with approval. Regular literary banquets
- Vidwatsabhas were held giving opportunities to the men of letters
to demonstrate the peaks scaled by them in the fields of poetry,
theology, drama etc. The Zamorins, like Janakamaharshi of Mithila,
the Bhoja of Kalidasa days, the Pandyan Kings of Sangam period or
Vijayanagara kings of Bhuvanavijayam times presided over the
Kavyagoshtis, Avadhnakridas etc, to honouring' the learned
celebrities by conferring titles and endowing them with properties.
Yearly once, for a week this intellectual feast was conducted during
Tulam and it went by the dignified name of Revati pattattanam.