Trivandrum: The seven day long festival of art and music, Nishagandhi festival started off in style with Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy lighting the traditional lamp at the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram.
In his brief address, the Chief Minister said the festival has enabled in showcasing and preserving the art and culture of the state,. He presented the second Nishagandhi Puraskaram to Lalith J Rao, the famed Hindustani musician from the agra-atrauli gharana Vidushi.
Tourism Minister Shri A P Anilkumar who presided over the function said the festival has become a centre of attraction in all these years with some great names from the art and cultural world participating in the festival. It also has opened a newer platform for the tourists of the country and abroad in having a perfect glimpse of the traditional art and music of the country.
K Muralidharan MLA said the festival of these kinds would bring back the goodness and it would give more opportunity to the younger generations in experiencing the traditional art forms of the country.
The inaugural session was preceded by a dance sequence that lasted for 20 minutes and blended the traditional art forms of the country. Later actress Navya Nair delivered a splendid solo Bharathnaryam which stole away the hearts of the audience. Her Bharatnatyam rendition started with Ganapathisthuthi which was followed by Varnam, padam and thillana.
During the same time at the Kanakakkunnu Palace, Kathakali doyen Madavoor Vasudevan Nair gave an electrifying performance as Banan with another women maestro Chavara Parukutty with Kottakkal Ravikumar, Thiruvalla Sadasivan, Jishnu Ravi accompanied adding the fervour and colour to the ‘Banayudham’.
The inaugural day of the festival ended with the performance of Carnatic musician Unnikrishan and his team.
The Nishagandhi festival is being webcast live for the first time on keralatourism.org. Check out the schedule here.
Kerala Biz News