A CD of books from Malayalam Wikisource: hot off the press

Congratulations to the Malayalam Wikisourcerors, who last week released the 2011 Malayalam Wikisource CD with a selection of books from Malayalam Wikisource and art from Wikimedia Commons.  This CD, a sequel to last year's release of Malayalam Wikipedia on CD, is by far the biggest collection of free Malayalam texts available offline - and beautifully illustrated by Rajesh Odayanchal.
2011 ML-Wikisource CD sticker
By Rajeshodayanchal via Commons

Now, a week after its release, the download page has received over 40,000 hits.  As mentioned in the release announcement, this project is particularly important because a majority of households in Kerala do not yet have a reliable connection to the Internet, and so need access to digital works offline.

The CD release was announced on June 11, at the 4th annual Malayalam Wikimedia Meetup in Kannur, Kerala.  The community gave the first CD to their youngest contributor (7-yr-old Sai Shanmugham), and recognized others who contributed to this collection and to ml:wikisource over the past five years (including Atma, Su, Thachan Makan and Manojk), and the many other participating Wikimedians who helped illustrate and produce the CDs.
Hisham hands Sai a CD, as Bishakha looks on.
Image by Fotokannan, via ShijuAlex

The CD creation Process

Shiju Alex wrote about the overall process and release, and Santosh Thottingal shared a detailed description of the technical steps needed to produce the CD.  The selection was chosen and produced in just over three weeks!  Books were selected via a wikiproject starting on May 20, and released three weeks later.

The collection includes:
  • Selected poems by Kumaranasan, Cherusseri, Changampuzha Krishna Pillai, Kalakkaththu Kunchan Nambiar, Irayimman Thampi, and Ramapurathu Warrier
  • A Malayalam Grammar, Kerala Paniniyam
  • Folklore and Novels, such as Aithihyamala and Indulekha 
  • Native art, such as Parichamuttukali pattukal dances
  • Religious texts, including the Bhagavad Gita, Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippaatu, Harinama Keerthanam, Geetha Govindam, the Bible (Sathya Veda Pusthakam), the Quran, the works of Sri Narayana Guru
  • Devotional songs for Christian, Hindu and Islamic worship
  • Philosophical texts, including Marx and Engels
  • Collections of images of food, plants, birds, maps and celebrations from Kerala
The CD can be downloaded as an .iso image, or browsed online (currently down due to high traffic).


  1. Thanks SJ for writing about the Malayalam Wikisource CD. Good to see lots of appreciation worldwide for the efforts of Indian WIkicommunity and Malayalam Wiki in particular.

  2. Any time, Tinu. It's a pleasure to see your community at work.


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