Tourism department’s fete begins in city - The New Indian Express

Tourism department’s fete begins in city

Published: 14th September 2013 12:34 PM

Last Updated: 14th September 2013 12:34 PM

The Onam festivities in the city will reach their peak this weekend. The grand celebrations organised by the Tourism Department will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at 4.30 pm on Saturday at Central Stadium. Actress Sridevi will be the chief guest on the occasion.

 Performances by percussionist Peruvanam Kuttan Marar, Kalamandalam Sivadas and party comprising 101 artists and  Elanjithara ‘pandimelam’ will mark the inaugural function.

 The events will be held at various venues in the city,  including Central Stadium, Nishagandhi auditorium, Sooryakanthi ground, Gandhi Park and VJT Hall. The festivities will come to a close on September 20.


Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, on Friday, distributed ‘onakkodi’ and had ‘onasadya’ with differently-abled children at Cliff House. The programme, ‘Snehasparsham 2013’, was organised by the Parents’ Association of Disabled Students and a health institution here. Sixty children were present at the function.

 Chandy’s wife Mariamma Oommen, Labour Minister Shibu Baby John and Health Minister V S Sivakumar also took part.

 The Onam celebrations at MG College, ‘Sravanolsavam’, concluded here with the laying of  ‘athapookalam.’ Poets Vishnu Narayanan Namboodiri and Sugathakumari were honoured at the ‘guru vandanam’ programme. A Kathakali performance by Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboodiri and group was also held. ‘Thiruvathira’, dance performances, recital of Onam songs and tug-of-war were also held.

 Onam celebrations at Sree Chitra Home will be conducted on Saturday. Health Minister V S Sivakumar will inaugurate the programme.

A presentation of cultural programmes of the children will be held.

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