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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

In Memoriam - Premnath

We deeply regret to inform about the sad demise of one of the pillars of Calicut Heritage Forum, Mr. Premnath T Murkoth. He passed away quietly in the night of 6th-7th July in his residence at Calicut. He was 79.
Calicut Heritage Forum owes a great deal to the support and encouragement of Mr. Premnath. Our website, the digital library and our efforts to stop vandalism against heritage monuments by land sharks through successive court cases - all these and more would not have been accomplished but for his solid support. When we were short of resources, it was he who persuaded us to approach many corporates with whom he was familiar due to his long stint as a senior executive with Unilever and other companies. He placed our case before Mr. R.K Krishna Kumar which led to a grant from Tata Coffee. This financed most of our initial expenses.
Mr. Premnath was a gentleman to the core, uncompromising on his values, but endowed with a natural flair for putting across his views in an amiable manner. He did not project himself, always choosing to be in the background. 
His knowledge of Malabar's heritage, particularly that of Tellicherry was unrivalled. It is a pity that much of it could not be documented. He wanted to create a similar forum for Tellicherry, but our approach to the local administration was not very fruitful.  
Despite the brief illness which restricted his movements during his last days, he was active and alert till the end. In fact, we received his last Whatsapp forward just a day before his passing - it was a joke on the Kerala political scene! That was quintessential Premnath - looking out for humour in everyday life and sharing it with people around him. 
Thank you and good bye, Mr. Premnath ... and Rest in Peace!

5 comments:

  1. My deepest condolences on the loss of a father - figure among historians of Calicut. Will miss him dearly.

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  2. It was a shock hearing this, Premnath was such a dear friend, always kept in touch and gave us occasional tidbits of what was going on in Calicut, calling often. Premnath would not forget to send greetings on important occasions, and for me, it is a great loss, of a friend, a person whom i could ask questions on Malabar's history and above all a simple and humble man. I was looking forward to meeting him this autumn, but I guess he will now remain a fond memory...My condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace....

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  3. I just didn't hear this sad news.He was a gentleman,a real gentleman.I share the sorrow of the family and hope they will have the courage to face the sad situation.My heart felt condolences to the family.-narayanan

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  4. Sad to know about the passing away of this great soul, Sharing the grief with the family. May his soul rest in peace

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  5. A gentleman to the core Preman will be missed by all those who knew him!May his soul RIP!

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