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Nishagandhi fete from January 20

Staff Reporter


Week-long Indian classical dance and music fete

Food and crafts festivals to be held alongside


Thiruvananthapuram: Connoisseurs of art and music can expect seven magnificent evenings of Indian classical dance and music when the curtain goes up on Kerala Tourism’s Nishagandhi festival here on January 20.

To be held at the Nishagandhi Open Air Auditorium on the sprawling Kanakakunnu Palace grounds, the week-long annual cultural extravaganza will include a food festival and craft mela on the adjoining Sooryakanthi grounds as in the previous years.

The highlight of the 2008 edition of the fest that has emerged as the ‘soul of the season,’ would be the staging of Kathakali by reputed artistes at the palace auditorium, a tourism official said.

A State from the western region of the country will co-host the fete, presenting its traditional art forms as part of the cultural exchange. Kerala tourism is awaiting confirmation from the tourism authorities of that State.

Governor R.L. Bhatia will inaugurate the festival at 6.30 p.m. on January 20. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and cine actors Mammootty and Suhasini are expected to attend the function.

Events

On the inaugural day, Poushali Chatterjee will present Manipuri dance. Acclaimed Bharatnatyam dancer Rama Vaidyananthan presenting the different faces of Krishna and Kathak by Abhimanyu Lal and Vidha Lal will be the highlights on the next day.

Fusion music ‘Colours of India’ by Ganesh and Kumaresh on January 22, Mohiniyattom by Jayaprabha Menon and Odissi by Sujatha Mohapatra on January 23 and Mandolin rendition by U. Shrinivas and U. Rajesh on January 24 are other events on the cards.

On January 25, Anupama Kylash will present Vilasini Natyam, the oldest dance opera of the temple dancers of Andhra. This will be followed by Kuchipudi by Yamini Reddy.

Ghazal by Umbayee and Gayathiri and fusion music by K. Krishnakumar, Binni Krishankumar, Gayathri, Stephen Devassy and Joeboy will bring the curtains down on the fete on January 26.

As part of encouraging young and promising artistes, the authorities have decided to keep apart 30 minutes every day for ‘kalapratibha’ and ‘kalathilakam’ holders of Kerala, Gandhi, Calicut and Kannur universities to present programmes at Nishagandhi auditorium.

Souvenirs and eco-friendly products made from bamboo, cane, clay and coconut shell will be exhibited at the crafts mela. Major hotels in the city and the beach resort at Kovalam will participate in the food fest.

Already, 13 hotels have confirmed participation. The hotels will offer a wide variety of cuisine, from the spicy Chettinad to the exotic Mughlai.

Kerala Tourism has also commenced online registration for those interested in seeing the fete. According to the official, those registering through the website will be provided special passes and seats will be reserved for them at the venue.

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