Source: Entecity.com, September 5 2016
Kerala Tourism’s State-wide Onam celebrations will be launched by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on September 12.
The week-long Onam Celebrations will witness a cultural extravaganza of music, dance, painting and martial arts. The celebrations will see the participation of more than 5,000 performing artists and will be hosted at more than 30 venues. Last year the total number of venues were just 20.
The sprawling premises of the Kanakakunnu Palace grounds will once again become the epicentre of Onam celebrations in the Capital.
Felicitation of playback singer P. Jayachandran and a special show by transgenders and the differently abled will be the highlights of this year’s Onam celebrations in Trivandrum.
In the Capital, the sprawling premises of the Kanakakunnu Palace grounds will once again become the epicentre of Onam celebrations in the city and suburbs. At Kanakakkunnu, folk arts will be presented on the stages Sopanam, Thiruvarangu, Sooryakanthi and Nattarengu on the Kanakakunnu Palace premises. Sangeethika, the stage inside the palace, will be the venue for Carnatic vocal concerts. Painting and photo exhibition will also be held at the palace.
There will be a food festival and trade fair at Sooryakanthi exhibition grounds along with the amusement park for children
As usual there will be a food festival and trade fair at Sooryakanthi exhibition grounds along with the amusement park for children. Apart from these, Kowdiar-East Fort corridor will be illuminated with decorative lights.
Grounds of Karyavattom International Stadium is the new venue this year for Onam Celebrations. This will be very accessible for the techies working in Technopark. Sree Chitra Park near Transport Bhavan, University College, and Neyyattinkara are some of the new venues included in the 2016 edition of the festivities. Apart from this, DTPC will also organise cultural events at Kovalam, Shanghumughom, Varkala, Aruvikkara, Neyyar Dam and Chirayinkeezhu.
Amateur dramas will be staged at University College. Central Stadium will be the venue for various show by TV channels and newspapers, while Poojappura grounds will continue to be the main venue for ‘ganemelas.’ The Public Office premises, Veli, Madavoorpara and Sooryakanthi exhibition grounds too will host ‘ganamelas.’ At VJT hall, Plays and poetry sessions will be staged.
The week-long Onam celebration will come to an end on September 18th with the customary pageantry in the capital.