Kerala Tourism Utsavam 2018 to showcase traditional folk arts

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Trivandrum: Utsavam 2018, Kerala’s folklore festival, conceived as an attempt to rejuvenate the traditional folk art forms of the State, will be organized by the Tourism Department from January 6 to 12, 2018 across all 14 districts.

This was announced by the Tourism Minister, Shri Kadakampally Surendran while addressing a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram today. “The aim of Utsavam which is into its tenth edition is to encourage traditional art forms and to promote folklore artists. The festival, organised in all districts by the respective District Tourism Promotion Councils (DTPCs), will get underway in 28 venues this time around, compared to the 14 venues where the festival was organised last year. An amount of Rs 2.32 crores has been earmarked for the festival this year”, the Minister said.

The State-level inauguration of Utsavam 2018 will be held at the Kannur Town Square on January 6. The inauguration function will also honour ten traditional folk arts exponents.

The Folklore Academy will bring on to the stage a programme titled Navadhwani, which strings together 264 artists who are experts in as many as 20 different ritualistic folk art forms. A number of dignitaries from the cultural and political scene in Kerala will be present on the occasion.

P Balakiran IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism said, “Utsavam 2018 being organised during the tourism season would also mean more visibility and mileage to Kerala Tourism and this is expected to add more charm to the department’s activities”.

Ustavam will showcase various art forms, including Kolkali, Theyyam, Irulnritham, Ganabali, Paanaporatt, Kaakirinaatakam, Bhoothanum Thirayum, Thidambnrtham, Poorakali, Poopadathullal, Dharika Mayooranritham, Chimmanakali, Kothamooriyattam, Tholpaavakooth, Ayyappan Theeyaat, Nokkupaavavidya, Naadanpaattu, Kanakanritham, Mayilaattam, Koratttunritham, Sanghakali, Udukpaat, Badrakaali Theeyatt, Seethakali, Ashtapathiyattam, Kandaakarnanthira, Pakkanaaraattam, Cheruneeliyaattam, Charadupinnikali, Thiri Uzhichil, Pulluvanpaattu, Vilpaattu, Oottam Thullal, Chavittunaadakam, Kalamezhuthum Paattum, Mudiyaattam and Kethaarattam.

Around 150 art forms, 350-plus folk art shows and more than 5,000 artists will come together for Utsavam 2018, which will be a grand display of Kerala’s traditional and ritualistic art forms.

Anil Philip
Kerala Biz News

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