Laxmikant Parsekar, Chief Minister of Goa, inaugurated the memorial to Ranga Bhat, Vinayak Pandit & Aappu Bhat, the 17th century Konkani Vaidyas who co-authored Hortus Indicus Malabaricus, a 12 volume treatise on medicinal plants,
on 29th November 2015 at Cherlai, Kochi. The memorial is erected by Aappu Bhat, Ranga Bhat and Vinayak Pandit Smaka Samiti on a place given by Cochin Thirumala Devaswom.
Prof. K V Thomas, MP, Dominic Presentation, MLA, Shyamala Prabhu, Councillor, Dr Bhushan Bhave spoke on the occassion. “Hortus Malabaricus – Ek Vollek” – a book in Konkani by Payyannur Ramesh Pai was released by N Purushothama Mallaya. N Purushothama Mallaya, Padma Awardee, Balakrishna Mallaya and Saratchandra Shenoy were honoured during the function. R Bhaskar Shenoi, Chairman, ARV Smaraka Samiti presided over the function. R Gopinatha Naick, Secretary, Anugraha Charitable Trust welcomed the gathering and N Muralidhara Pai, Secretary, ARV Smaraka Samiti proposed vote of thanks.
The bust was taken through various GSB localities viz Tripunithura, Karnakodam, Ernakulam and Kochi and grand reception was accorded on 26th Nov. A function was presided by N Venugopal, GCDA Chairman at Odatha near FortKochi were still a 17th century pillar of the entrance to a Botanical garden still exist.
We thank you each and every one for making this a grand success and request all those who missed the function to visit the memorail in your next trip.
Devu Bharoon Karo
Anugraha Charitable Trust