Bhavans Thrissur Kendra was established on 4th November 1978 under the visionary leadership of Shri. P.B. Nair.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan probably left a lasting impression on Shri PB Nair during his sojourn as the Regional Director of the Press Trust of India (PTI), Bombay. During his tenure afterwards as one of the Directors of Dhanalakshmi Bank having registered office in Thrissur, Shri. P.B. Nair was able to bring like- minded luminaries into realizing the dream of starting this great institution.
With stalwarts at the helm, the Bhavans Thrissur Kendra made a promising beginning with Shri NS Mahadevan (Then Chairman of Dhanalakshmi Bank) as the Chairman and Shri PB Nair, himself as the Secretary. The three Vice-chairmen were Shri Chithran Namboodiripad, Dr SK Pisharody, and Shri TAG Menon. Shri Pujara was the treasurer. Dr KF Manavalan, Dentist, KPB Nair and Shri Pankajakshan, Chartered accountant, were the committee members. It was in 1979 that the Kendra announced the setting up of an educational institution affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi.
Starting in a two-room tenement on Shornur Road, Patturaikkal, with 16 students under the guidance of Smt Ammini Brahmani Amma (Retired Deputy Director of Education, Thrissur) moving to Natananiketan, a hall situated in Shornur Road in 1980, and to a larger building owned by Shri PB Nair in 1982, the progress was fast and steady.
1983- Smt Annapurni Shastri, wife of the Deputy Commissioner of Income tax in Thrissur joined as the first Principal.
1983 also saw the setting up of the Parent Teacher Association with Shri KS Unni as its President.
The large-heartedness of Swami Mridanandaji Maharaj, the then President of the Sri Ramakrishna Matt, who with the approval from Srimat Ranganandaji Maharaj, , the then President of Sri Ramakrishna Matt and world wide provided Bhavans the Matt's large house on Korappath Lane, off Palace Road where today stands the well-known Bhavans Town School with the gigantic structure of the Sarva Dharma Maithri Pratishtan.
Later, a five-acre plot 7 kms east of Thrissur was bought. This is where Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Poochatty made a start. Ever since, it has surged ahead and continues to do so with the blessings of God Almighty and the guidance and support of its various stakeholders.
In response to increasing demand for admission to Bhavan's Schools known for quality education, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Thrissur started its second CBSE School, Kualpati Munshi Bhavan's Vidya Mandir at Pottore, Kolazhy Panchayat, Thrissur, named after the illustrious founder of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kulapati K.M. Munshi in June 2004.
What we see today is the fruit of the relentless and selfless efforts of innumerable individuals.
NEWS & EVENTS
The Thrissur Kendra organised the All Kerala Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competition on September 6, 2023, on Janmashtami Day. As many as 325 students from 32 schools participated in this competition. Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara, won the first prize; Adarsh Vidyalaya, Kakkanad, came in second; and Bhavan’s Vikas Vidyalaya, Ponnani, came in third.
Dr. E. M. Rajan, Head of Sanskrit Sahitya, Guruvayoor Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, inaugurated the function. S/Shri K.P. Radhakrishnan, Hon. Secretary; N. Venugopal, Vice Chairman; P. Haridas Menon, Vice Chairman; E Ramankutty, Director, Kochi Kendra; Smt. Chithra S. Nair, Dr. V Bindu, Principals of Bhavan’s Schools in Thrissur participated in the function.
Pakaravur Chithran Namboodiripad Senior Vice Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Thrissur Kendra breathed his last on June 27, 2023 at his residence in Thrissur. He was 101.
Namboodiripad was born on December 19, 1922 in Mookkutala, Malappuram District, Kerala.
Even during his college days, he had developed a liking for spreading knowledge. Namboodiripad succeeded in setting up a high school on a five acre plot which he surrendered to the State Government for a token consideration of Rs. 1/- in 1957.
He also served as District Education Officer and Joint Director of Public Instruction.
It was during this period that the School Youth Festival, which is probably the largest gathering of school children in Asia, was commenced that has attained the prominent position that it enjoys today.
Recognising Namboodiripad's keen interest in the field of Art and Culture, the Government selected him to the post of Secretary of Kerala Kalamandalam, the premier institution of performing arts. In that capacity he took artists belonging to Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyattam etc. to cities in India and abroad such as Japan, U.S.A., European continent, U.K., Australia etc.
He was deeply concerned with public welfare. He donated thirty cents of land to the Department of Health for setting up of a Primary Health Centre in his native village for the benefit of the poor and needy.
Namboodiripad was the founder President of the Kerala State Pensioners' Association and remained in that capacity till a few years ago.
Namboodiripad had visited the Himalayas thirty times with his team of 150 members.
By way of honouring his meritorious services to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the Thrissur Kendra constructed a multipurpose auditorium in Kulapathi Munshi Bhavan's Mandir's premises, Pottore, which has been named 'Chithran Namboodiripad Shatabdi Mandiram'.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Thrissur has lost its Acharya, Guide, Mentor and binding force. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Bhavan's Thrissur Kendra organised a farewell function on May 27, 2023, at Bhavan's Auditorium to teachers and non-teaching staff. As many as 28 teachers and 10 non-teaching staff retired during the pandemic period to whom the Kendra could not bid farewell on account of the Covid restrictions imposed on gatherings by the Government. Hon. Justice Devan Ramachandran of the High Court of Kerala, who is also a Bhavanite himself, was the chief guest. Mementoes appreciating the services rendered by the retired staff were presented by the Chief Guest.
Sri P. Chitran Namboodithirpad, Sri T. S. Pattabhiraman, Sri K. P. Radhakrishnan and Sri N. Venugopal spoke during the function.
The Bhavan's Thrissur Kendra in its endeavour to turn its schools into Centres of Excellence launched the Awakening Series - Jagaran in 2019. Right from the outset, one of its prime objectives was to hold a mega exhibition.
Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Poochatty, Thrissur, realised that dream on January 21, 2023. The seed sown bore fruit in the form of ANAVARAN 2023 - a full-fledged Art and Science Exhibition on the theme 'Innovations Leading to Sustainable Development.'
The much-awaited one-day exhibition was inaugurated by Dr P. Indira Devi, ICAR, Emeritus Professor, KAU.
Termed broadly as Temples of Innovation, the exhibition consisted of pavilions in which students were divided into groups and were allotted different topics according to their classes.
Pavilion 1 called Effervescence was the Physical and Natural Science section. The topics touched upon were Science and Technology, Energy- its renewable and non-renewable forms, production and conservation, Water sources-”their conservation and preservation, Ecosystem, Food and Nutrition, and Science in Everyday Life.
Pavilion 2 called Mathemagic was the Mathematical Science section where working and still models, charts on the use of Art and Craft in Mathematics, Geometry in real life, forest and weather, Environmental Sustainability and Mathematical Modelling technology were presented by the students.
Pavilion 3, Glowing Legacy connected to Social Science presented projects on various ancient, medieval and modern Indian art and architecture, tribal livelihood and culture, food and festivals of India, glimpses of early civilisation and SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) models.
Pavilion 4 was called Reset, connected to Information Technology. The Computer Science department portrayed the theme of sustainable development and digital STEM.
Pavilion 5 - Udbhaavana - Art Integrated Learning showcased how a wide range of topics could be integrated with various art forms. The main attraction was the Juice and Chips Corner where the main ingredients were different types of flowers.
Pavilion 6 - Kaleidoscope- displayed a whole lot of photographs taken by the aspiring photographers of the school, the students themselves.
Pavilion 7 - Petal's Pallette where Art and Craft items beautifully brought out the creativity of children without losing touch of the main theme - sustainable development.
Pavilion 8 -“ Zenith - Linguistics and Performances was an amalgam of all the languages. The highlight was the stage performances of the children, which ranged from dances to songs, skit, chenda melam to mention a few, that left the audience in raptures.
ANAVARAN, in the words of the Chief Guest Dr Indira Devi, was a wonderful show of the blend of student talent and careful mentoring by the teachers.
The 43rd Annual Day of Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Poochatty was held on February 10, 2023 on a grand scale. Noted Mohiniyattam artiste Padmashri Dr. Kalamandalam Kshemavathy was the Chief Guest. Smt. Chitra S. Nair, Principal, Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Poochatty, Hon. Secretary, Sri. K. P. Radhakrishnan and other members of the Managing Committee, Thrissur Kendra participated in the celebrations. It was a colourful and attractive cultural evening including items from the traditional folk arts of Kerala namely Margamkali, Kathakali and Theyyam.