Adoor: The Kerala Government has started the process of taking over renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishan's ancestral house and preserving it as a historical monument. The government has sought a report from the Directorate of Culture in this connection. The action comes in the wake of a representation submitted to the government by the working committee of Adoor Gopalakrishnan Cultural Study Centre.
Adoor's almost century-old ancestral house is located at Manakkala in Pathanamthitta district.
The local residents had prevented the move to demolish the house on February 3. They assembled at the site and staged a protest when workers started removing the roof tiles. Subsequently, police arrived at the spot and stopped the demolition work.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s sister and her family were staying in this house. With the death of his sister and her children moving out to other places, no one was living in this house. The demolition was started after Adoor's niece, who got the property from her mother, decided to sell it off.
Later the working committee of Adoor Gopalakrishnan Cultural Study Centre gave a request to the state government to protect and preserve the house as a historical monument.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan is also known by the mononym Adoor. He has directed, scripted and produced several classic films over a career spanning nearly half a century.