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On Sunday, Kozhikode etched its name in history as it was officially designated India’s first UNESCO City of Literature. The prestigious announcement, made on 23 June 2024 at the Kandamkulam Muhammad Abdur Rahiman Memorial Jubilee Hall in Tali, recognizes the city’s rich literary heritage, as reported by Wego.

In October 2023, Kozhikode joined the ranks of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) under the ‘Literature’ category, solidifying its commitment to fostering literary excellence.

 

Over the next four years, Kozhikode will commemorate this honor through a vibrant tapestry of literary and cultural events. Iconic locations such as Mananchira, Tali, and Kuttichira will transform into lively hubs, fostering literary interaction and creativity.

Even before this prestigious accolade, Kozhikode proudly showcased its literary legacy through sculptures honoring renowned figures. Notably, Ansari Park in Mananchira pays tribute to playwright KT Muhammad and the beloved goat from Vaikom Muhammad Basheer’s iconic story, “Pathummayude Aadu.”

Looking ahead, Kozhikode aims to leverage its UNESCO status to attract international recognition and boost cultural tourism. Plans include expanding the literary circuit, connecting key sites from Thunjath Ezhuthachan’s Tirur to Vaikom Muhammad Basheer’s Beypore, further solidifying the city’s reputation as a literary hub.