Trivandrum: Kerala Tourism’s week-long cultural extravaganza to mark this year’s Onam celebrations will kick off on September 10, showcasing the state’s vibrant classical and folk dances, modern art and performing traditions at multiple venues in Thiruvananthapuram and various District Centres.
As part of the Onam celebrations, the capital city will also host the State Tourism Ministers’ Conclave at Kovalam on September 16, the concluding day of the festival.
“Besides deliberating on key topics like sustainable tourism, challenges faced by the industry, and branding and promotion of State Tourism Boards, the amazing story of Kerala’s post-flood resurgence will be presented before the entire country at the conclave”, said Tourism Minister, Shri Kadakampally Surendran while briefing the media.
The Chief Minister will inaugurate the celebrations at Nishagandhi Auditorium on September 10 at 6 pm. An amount of Rs 6 crores has been earmarked for the conduct of the festival. Of this, Rs 4 crores would be for events in and around the state capital and Rs 2 crore for the districts.
The festival will feature over 5,000 artists of different genres. There will be performances of dance, music, percussion ensembles, plays, yoga display, literary competitions and recitals besides staging of diverse folk, martial and contemporary arts.
Trivandrum will have programmes in as many as 31 venues. While Nishagandhi Auditorium and Central Stadium are the principal venues, programmes will also be staged at Vyloppilli Samskrithi Bhavan, Gandhi Park, Kanakakunnu Palace Auditorium and other cultural venues. The Central Stadium will host mega shows by various media houses.
Kazhakoottam Greenfield stadium will host dance performances. Musical shows will be held at Poojapura Maidan, Kanakakunnu Palace Auditorium, Sooryakanthi Stage and Public Office vicinity. For the first time, the festival has been extended to Vellayani, on the outskirts.
The district-level Onam Week Celebrations will be organised by district administrations and District Tourism Promotion Councils in all other districts. The festival will conclude with colourful cultural pageantry depicting the history and culture of Kerala on September 16.
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