KOCHI: Government should consider including teaching and learning of temple arts under universities and other higher educational institutions, the Kerala High Court said on Tuesday.
Temple arts are no longer just part of religious rituals and festivals but they have become part of the state’s cultural identity. These arts hold a prime place in tourism, a division bench comprising acting chief justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and justice Anu Sivaraman said.
The court considered a petition over Travancore Devaswom Board’s decision to discontinue an academy for temple arts under it that was conducted at Koyikkal Palace in Thiruvananthapuram. Decision of the devaswom board was challenged in a complaint filed by Attingal municipal councillor Prashant before the devaswom ombudsman. After considering the complaint, the ombudsman had referred the matter to the high court.
Government was asked to bring teaching and learning of temple arts under universities when the complaint filed before the ombudsman came up for consideration of the high court. If the government formulates a scheme for including teaching and learning of temple arts under universities or Kalamandalam, the present situation where devaswom boards have to be relied upon for such teaching and learning can be changed, the court said. The court has impleaded Ministry of Culture as well as the tourism and cultural affairs departments of the state government in the case and has scheduled a hearing in November.