Fr. V.P.Joseph Valiyaveettil
Founder & Director
Kreupasanam, Kalavoor,
Alappuzha.

+91-9447285400
frvpjoseph@gmail.com
info@krepasanam.in
Honors :
Receiving the KCBC Prathibha Award (2006) from Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Chakiyath,
( Chairman,Media Commission), for significant contributions in the coastal area.
Minister for Cultural Affairs, Mr. M.A. Baby presenting the Kerala Folklore Academy Award (2006) Receiving memento from the music director M.K. Arjunan Master at a function organised by Cochin Purogamana Kala Sahithya Vedi.
Minister for Law Mr. M.Vijayakumar presenting the Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy Gurupooja Award (2006) Minister for Fisheries, Mr.S. Sharma giving Ponnada at a function organised by Trivandrum Coastal Area held at Press Club Trivandrum (2007) Fr.V.P.Joseph Valiyaveetil receiving G.Shankarapilla Memorial Prathibha Award from Shri.Chikku Shivan, Famous Artist.
Release of Coastal Folk Arts Dictionary during international book festival – First copy was handed over to Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Indian film director, script writer, and producer. Adoor Gopalakrishnan had a major role in revolutionizing Malayalam cinema and is regarded as one of the finest filmmakers of India. The Government of Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu Department of art and culture with Pondicherry central university in collaboration with south zone cultural centre Thanjavoor conducted the Traditional Theatre Festival, on September 4th-7th 2013,at the university cultural convention centre, bestowed Kreupasanam and Fr. V. P.Joseph for Rejuvenation mission and honoured with Prasasthi Phalakam and the certificate of merit. Release of the book" Handbook on Chavittunadakam Literature"- First copy was given by Shaji Neelakantan Karun , National Award-winning Indian film director and cinematographer to Sippy Pallippuram ,Malayalam children's story writer from India, who won Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for children's literature.
 
Fr.V.P Joseph Receiving NATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE from His Grace the Most
Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore on November 7, 2012- CPCI Bangalore.
 
Awards and Achievements

MEMENTO -SOUTH ZONE CULTURAL CENTRE ,THANJAVUR & SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS, PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY & DEPARTMENT OF ART AND CULTURE ,GOVERNMENT OF PONDICHERRY-2013

Man of the year Award –International Biographical Centre- Cambridge, England-2013

KERALA FOLKLORE ACADEMY AWARD - FOR THE REVIVAL OF COASTAL FOLK ARTS INCLUDING ANNAVIPATTUKAL-2006

NATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - CPCI BANGALORE-2012

KCBC PRATHIBA AWARD -FOR THE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF COASTAL ARTS-2007 RECOGNITION FROM SOUTH ZONE CULTURAL CENTRE , THANJAVUR –SALANGAI NAATHAM -2005 SANGEETHA NADAKA ACADEMY KELI PURASKARAM-2011
Certificates :
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ORGANISED IN COLLABORATION WITH ST.TERESA'S COLLEGE, ERNAKULAM- 2014 NATIONAL WORKSHOP ORGANISED IN
COLLABORATION WITH FLAME, PUNE-2013
DEMONSTRATION CLASS ON
CHAVITTUNADAKAM ORGANISED IN
COLLABORATION WITH THE COCHIN COLLEGE,
MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY
, KERALA-2013.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MALAYALAM DRAMA AND FOLK ART-MERIT AWARD FROM NATIONAL ASSOCIATON OF MALAYALAM ARTISTES-2008 COIR BOARD NATIONAL AWARD 2002 - FOR INTRODUCING A NEW MOTORISED COIR RATT WHICH EMPOWERED WOMEN WORKERS IN THE COIR INDUSTRY. CERTIFICATE OF MERIT FROM SOUTH ZONE CULTURAL CENTRE, THANJAVUR FOR THE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION – 2013
SOUTH ZONE CULTURAL CENTRE , THANJAVURO PRESENTATION OF FOLK ARTS – SALANGAI NAATHAM -2005 KERALA FOLKLORE ACADEMY,KANNUR AWARD -FOR THE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO CHAVITTUNADAKAM-2006 KERALA SANGEETA NATAKA ACADEMY'S - GURUPOOJA AWARD FOR THE CHAVITTUNADAKAM RESEARCH, REJUVENATION AND DOCUMENTATION-2006
   
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SENIOR FELLOWSHIP FOR THE DOCUMENTATION AND PUBLICATION OF ENCYCLOPAEDIA ON CHAVITTUNADAKAM-2008-2010    
Historical research and achievements

A phenomenal contribution to Indian Archaeology - Excavation of the Sail ship which was 1000 years old at Thaikkal, Cherthala paved the way for numerous studies and Archaeological findings

Realising the grave historical importance of the ruins of the sailing ship found buried at Thykkal near Cherthala in 1994, several research studies and publications were made. Many pleas were made to draw attention of the government of India and Department of Archaeology to this valuable piece of historical evidence. Thus the excavation was done on the area and its antiquity was determined. The efforts to acquire the land occupied by the ship by the department of Archaeology was realised through the publication of the Gazette.Also attempts were made to develop it into a museum.

Fifteen years after the discovery of a wooden plank beneath a paddy field led to the unearthing of what is believed to be a 1,010-year-old sail ship at Thaikkal in Kadakarapally near Cherthala where the steps are being taken for acquisition of the site and construction of a site museum there to preserve the ancient vessel. The plank , believe to be the mast of the ship, was unearthed in 1994 by a couple of agricultural labourers tilling the paddy field about 2 km from the sea. However, it took a long struggle by the locals, led by Fr. V.P. Joseph Valiyaveetil, for the government and archaeology experts to decide to delve into the secrets of the vessel. Excavations by archaeology officials were conducted from 2001, but lost steam and were called off in 2003, after nearly 35 feet of the vessel, the hull of which is missing, was uncovered.

Archaeologist Mr. Sreedharan, observing the advancements in the excavation of the ship which throws light to further historical studies.A file photo of the excavation works at Thaikkal in Alappuzha, where remnants of an ancient ship were found.

Fr. Joseph and the locals did not lose hope, and with the help of a few foreign archaeologists, succeeded in getting a portion of the vessel carbon-dated to decide its antiquity. Once they were sure that the vessel was indeed antique, with analysis showing that it could be up to 1,010 years old, they demanded that the government set up a site museum so that the vessel could be preserved and in turn, find a place amongst the rare marine archaeological specimens the country has. The ship was excavated in 2002. A trench, 30-metre long, 12-metre wide and 5-metre deep, was dug around the vessel. Archaeologists had recovered several artefacts and animal remains from the ship.

The artefacts and the wood used to make the ship were subjected to dating tests, including C-14 dating tests, to calculate the age of the ship.“The ship could have come here when the Thaikkal port was active and when the region had trade relations with Portugal, the Dutch, Rome and even Greece,” says Fr. Joseph.

 

Importance of setting up an Archaeological Museum at Thaikal Historical aspect
1. Thaikal harbour and related museum will trace out the trade links that was disappeared into history
2. It will serve as a permanent monument for Indian naval trade history

Tourism
1. A great source of attraction to tourists as the museum will open up new historical evidences and remain as a monument
2. The museum is near to all other tourist destinations, which adds more vigour

Educational aspect
1. Archealogical, historical studies can be conducted
2. A destination which will enhance more knowledge for traditions, history and culture.
3. It covers the real cultural life of people.

 

 

 

 

 

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