Hortus Malabaricus flower festival inaugural

For the first time in Thripunithura -from where Cochin was ruled by the erstwhile Kings ; a horticulture show was inaugurated on 12th January 2012. Named ' Hortus malabaricus flower festival' to remind people on their precious heritage;It was inaugurated by Kerala state ministers K. Babu & Anoop Jacob in presense of Chairman Venugopal,M.G.S.Narayanan;RejiKumar,Sundaram,Thilothama Suresh and Sasi at the sprawling Hill Palace grounds. The spot light on the show was an extensive collection of medicinal plants; the biggest ever in Kerala. Besides...

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Ossimum gratissimum;Lamiaceae

A collection of plant species mentioned in Hortus Malabaricus is maintained in 'Hill Palace compound at Tripunithra;
15 kms from Cochin .The project of Centere for heritage studies is sponsored by Kerala state council for science,technology and environment.The commonly found ,once commonly found now rare & the rarest and on the brink of extinction are conserved here with care.All the plants are tagged and details like common name in Local /English language and exact scientific name with family are displayed. A real tribute to the men behind...

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view-inside the gallery .

A museum gallery to promote the legendary botanical reference classic and the spirit behind it's creation is functioning at the 'Centre for Heritage Studies'; 15 kms. from Cochin.Sponsored by the Dutch Embassy in India the Hortus Malabaricus gallery is situated amidst the lush greenery of the Hill Palace compound Thripunithura and adjoining the small botanical garden-a collection of plant species mentioned in Hendrick Van Rheede's 'Hortus Malabaricus'-
the gallery highlights the Dutch cultural contributions in India especially in and around...

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HORTUS MALABARICUS.

My observations.

1.Odatha is the place where the book written. It was known as medicial garden. The name ODATHA is derived local from the word ORTHO or HORTHO both lave a same pronounciation and meaning. Phonotics supports claim. Aryan RA will become DA in dravidian language. Best example is RA of Orisa becomes Da in ODIYA.
2. Odatha was the offical residense of Henrtric Van Rheede. The book was writen with his personnel attension. So Odatha is the birth place of Hotus Malabaricus.
3. Odatha means GARDEN...

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On May 2010 Ms.Renee Ridgway,Mr.Van Amersfoort visited the birthplace of Kollat Itty Achuthan Vaidyan at Kadakkarappally- a small village -about 40kms. from Cochin- in Alapuzha District of Kerala ;India.They were accompanied by Mr.Arief -a member of Kerala Legislative Assembly and Mr.Chidambaran-Secretary of the 'Hortus Malabaricus Trust'.The dutch visited the only remnants of the ancestoral house of Vaidyan -the'Kuriala' in local parlance- and paid their homages.They also visited the 'Kavu' where the remaining plants of the Vaidyan's garden are...

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At the Kollat birthplace of Itty Achuthan the only remnant of his ancestoral house that remains is a small dilapidated wooden structure with a thatched roof . 'Kuriala' according to local people . Every evening a lamp is lit in the small lampmast in front by his descendents-the members of the present Kollat family- who lives adjacent to it.
In addition to the remaining plants of the original garden of the Vaidyan a small herbal garden is maintained by the green brigade of the local school.

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A book in Malayalam language about 'Hortus Malabaricus' - 'Hortus&ItyyAchuthan; truth or untruth' was released at 'Cherthala-the town near Itty Achuthan birthplace -in March 2012.Written by Mr.Chidambaran and published by 'Kerala Sahitya Academy'. Mr. Lambodaran released the book by giving the first copy to Mr.Ullala Babu.
The book is a study of Dutch history in Cochin and Kerala's ayurvedic hertage;leading to the conception and publishing of 'Hortus Indicus Malabaricus' by the then Dutch Governor Hendric Van Rheede.

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A very good selection of some of the medicinal plants mentioned in Hortus Malabaricus was displayed at David Hall ;definitely a centre piece of attention at the 'Wanted land' show. Mr. Mahesh Mangad and his team behind the local NGO from Vypeen 'Thapovanam' made it possible.

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2012 April 20; 333rd ANNIVERSARY OF 'HORTUS MALABARICUS'& ITTY ACHUTHAN DAY.

For the first time in history the whole village recognised ,remembered and celebrated their forgotten golden heritage and the great son of the soil- Kollatt Itty Achuthan Vaidyan. It was really a momentous occssion for the Kadakkarappally village of Alapuzha District in Kerala,S.India-40 kms.from Cochin.
The function was organised by the 'Kollatt Itty Achuthan Vaidyan memorial trust' at the birth place of the 'Vaidyan;exactly on the white sands in between...

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Today marked the first time since 333 years that a diverse interest group gathered to discuss the importance of the Hortus Malabaricus in anno 2012. Padmini Krishnan, curator of David Hall introduced Mariëlle van Miltenburg, Head of the Department of Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy of the Netherlands Embassy in New Delhi who officially opened the exhibition with a speech about the manifold meanings of the title, The Wanted Land. Speakers included Jose Dominic, one of the directors of CGH who contextualised the event with a brief talk about...

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The Wanted Land, an exhibition of contemporary art by Renée Ridgway, opened at 5 pm on Saturday February 18, 2012 at David Hall, Fort Cochin, India. Attended by around 150 people, the evening also consisted of a discussion encircling the Hortus Malabaricus and the launch of the online community platform http://hortusmalabaricus.net. The show was comprised of video installations that refer to the Hortus Malabaricus, its compiler Hendrik van Reede tot Drakenstein and its contemporary usage as well as the...

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The Wanted Land focused on the cultural exchange that has occurred over the past 350 years on the Malabar Coast between the Dutch and the local population. The production of the Hortus Malabaricus and the knowledge contained within it is still significant today. It also forms the conceptual focal point of the works that were on display in the exact location where historians believe the Hortus Malabaricus was originally produced. This exhibition consisted of 3 video installations, one in each of the main rooms at David Hall, combined with archival...

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