Colourful Culmination to Onam Week Celebrations in Kerala Capital
Thiruvavanathapuram: The Onam Week Celebrations organised by the Kerala Tourism Department came to an end with a rich and colourful cultural pageant which enthralled thousands of spectators flocked along the streets of the capital city the other day.
By noon itself, people thronged the sides of city roads. Pinarayi Vijayan, State Chief Minister, flagged off the pageantry at Vellayambalam around 5pm. The procession started to rhythmic beats when Kadakampally Surendran, State Tourism Minister, handed over the musical instrument ‘kombu’ to the main artist. The pageant culminated at Attakulangara.
Pinarayi Vijayan, Ministers K K Shailaja and K Raju were present along with their families to watch the cultural procession. The other dignitaries present included MLAs C Divakaran, D K Murali, B Sathyan, CK Hareendran, K Muraleedharan and O Rajagopal; V K Prashanth, Mayor, Thiruvananthapuram; Rakhi Ravikumar, Deputy Mayor; V K Madhu, District Panchayat President; Loknath Behra IPS, DGP; Dr. Venu V IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism; Dr. Vasuki IAS, District Collector, Thiruvananthapuram; P Balakiran IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism; B Sandhya IPS, ADGP; Sreelekha IPS ADGP and Jafar Malik, ADG, Kerala Tourism.
Equestrians of Kerala Police led the procession, followed by 100 men dressed in traditional Kerala attire, holding ‘muthukuda.’ This was followed by Mohiniyattam dancers holding ‘olakkuda’, Velakali, ‘aalavattam’ and ‘venchaamaram’, Keralite art forms like Theyyam, and Kathakali. Velakali, Padayani, Pulikali, Nilakkavady, Pookkavadi, Chinth Kavadi and Amman Koda followed. A host of exciting ensemble, including Panchavadyam, Chendamelam, Shinkarimelam, band and Perumbara formed part of it. Around 3000 artists participated in the procession.
Dance forms like Oppana, Margamkali, Thiruvathira, Duffmutt and Kolkali symbolised the religious harmony of Kerala while four dozen different Keralite art forms like Mayura dance, Parunthattam, Garudan Parava, Arjuna dance and Kummattikkali added grandeur to the rally. Other folk art forms like bommmakali, chavittunadakam, parichamuttukali and pantham veesal also formed part of the procession. Along with this, artists from Assam, Rajasthan, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamilnadu presented enchanting performances. Tableaux featuring topics like GST, transgenders, job security, Thiruvanantapuram Corporation becoming Smart City etc were of high standard.
Floats representing important missions of the State Government like social security for all, home to everyone, electricity to everyone, organic vegetable farming, welfare pension, economic stability, growth of Kerala, environmental protection and related topics, Responsible Tourism, Green Protocol, awareness against drugs, ‘my garbage my responsibility’, renewable energy etc. drew cheers from the crowd. Tourism Department presented a float based on its project ‘Jadayu Rock’ in Kollam district. All floats followed Green Protocol of the government. The topics were all relevant, too. Art forms were performed at 30 different centres in the city. Big crowds gathered to watch these performances.