Trivandrum: The week long Onam celebrations being organised by Kerala Tourism would see various venues in the capital city come alive in a cultural extravaganza of music, dance, painting and martial arts programmes in the modern, traditional, folk and classical genres of Kerala.
Announcing this in Thiruvananthapuram today, Tourism Minister, Shri A P Anilkumar said, “The celebrations will see the participation of 5,000 performing artistes, and will be hosted at 29 venues. Though the government is facing an economic crunch, we are spending Rs. 3 crores to put up an impressive show that lakhs of people can enjoy.”
Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the State-level celebrations at Nishagandhi Auditorium on August 25 by honouring artistes of renown. He will also inaugurate the renovation Kannakakunnu Palace grounds.
Giving details, Shri Palode Ravi MLA, Chairman, Programme Committee said, “Some of the key venues for the State Tourism department’s Onam Week celebrations from August 25 to 31 include the Nishagandhi Auditorium, the Central Stadium, Poojapura ground, Museum Hall and Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan. Shankhumukham is also a key new venue this year.”
The inaugural function at the main venue, Nishagandhi, is a ‘Magical Melodies’ music performance by a team led by K S Chithra and Sudeep, which will be followed by a tourism theme-song dance performance, and a dance performance by Rajasree Warrier.
A festive procession, jointly organized by the Tourism Department and the Kerala Sports Council, will march through the city as a prelude to the Onam celebrations.
Other programmes include ‘Journey of Rhythm’ by percussionist Sivamani and Karunamoorthy, a musical night by playback singer Swetha Mohan and Bennet and Band.
The Central Stadium will host mega shows starting on August 26 with a musical performance. There will be a special programme for NRKs on August 27.
The celebrations will get a mega closing with a procession, exhibiting art forms from Kerala and other States, that starts at Vellayambalam and goes up to East Fort on August 31.
P I Sheikh Pareeth, Kerala Tourism Director; and T V Anupama, Additional Director (General) were present at the press conference today, where the ‘Onam theme’ song and Onam programmes brochure were launched.
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