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Who was P.N. Panicker?

P.N. Panicker:

The President of India recently unveiled the statue of Shri P.N. Panicker at Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram.

P.N. Panicker (1909-1995):

  • Puthuvayil Narayana Panicker is known as the Father of the Library Movement of Kerala.\
  • June 19, his death anniversary, has been observed in Kerala as Vayanadinam (Reading Day) since 1996.
  • In 2017, PM declared June 19, Kerala’s Reading Day, as National Reading Day in India. The following month is also observed as National Reading Month in India.
  • Panicker led the formation of Thiruvithaamkoor Granthasala Sangham (Travancore Library Association) in 1945 with 47 rural libraries.
  • The slogan of the organization was ‘Read and Grow’.
  • The association – Grandhasala Sangham won the prestigious ‘Krupsakaya Award’ from UNESCO in 1975.