Utsavam 2017, State-level Annual Folklore Festival, Inaugurated


Malappuram: With the growing popularity of contemporary art forms, it is the responsibility of Kerala’s youth to protect and promote the State’s many traditional art forms, according to Kadakampally Surendran, State Tourism Minister.

Inaugurating the State-level annual folklore festival and cultural fiesta ‘Utsavam 2017’ – organised by Kerala Tourism and Kerala Folklore Academy – at Kottakunnu Ground here the other day, the Minister said that Utsavam, which is in its ninth edition, has been able to provide livelihood to several practitioners of traditional art forms.

“The artistes being honoured at Utsavam have spent their entire lives keeping their respective art forms alive in Kerala,” the Minister said. He added that these artistes need to be given opportunities to spread these disciplines to other parts of Kerala and other states.

Folk artistes including V M Kutty, Narayanaperuvannan, Eranjoli Moosa, Athiyadam P P Kannaperuvannan, P K Panicker, Narayaniswami, P P Madhavan Panicker, V P Damodaran Panicker, Peer Mohamed, and M Kannan were honoured at the inaugural function.

The opening ceremony was presided over by P Ubaidulla MLA. P Unnikrishnan, District Panchayat President; Amith Meena IAS, District Collector, among others,   addressed the gathering.

U V Jose IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism welcomed the gathering.

Over its seven-day run, Utsavam 2017 will see around 3,500 artistes present some 100 traditional art forms at various venues across the State’s 14 districts.