Dance and music will take centre stage in the city’s itinerary with the Nishagandhi Festival set to begin on January 20. Finest talents from across the country will assemble at the fest for the annual week-long cultural extravaganza organised by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.
The inaugural ceremony at 6.30 pm will be pepped by a special choreography done by Soorya Krishnamoorthy. The evening will also have a delightful treat of music with brothers U Sreenivasan and U Rajesh weaving magic on the strings of Mandolin.
On day 2 (January 21), there will be an Odissi performance by Ranjana Gauhar at 6.30 pm and Manipuri performance by Baisali Sarkar 8 pm.
Day 3 (January 22) will have Mohiniyattom performance by Veena Warrier at 6.30 pm and Bharatanatyam by Sreelatha Vinod at 7 pm and a vocal Carnatic concert by Sankaran Namboorthiri at 8.30 pm.
On Day 4 (January 23), Manju V Nair and Jyotsna Jagannathan will give Bharatanatyam recitals at 6.30 pm and 7 pm respectively. At 8 pm Chandan Da will perform a Ghazal concert.
Day 5 (January 25) will have Mohiniyattam performance by Kalamandalam Kshemavathy at 6.30 pm and Kathak performance by Pt. Jai Kishan Maharaj, Birju Maharaj Parampara at 8 pm. 6:30 p.m.
On day 6 (January 25) Vineeth & Lakshmi Gopalaswamy will perform Bharatanatyam and Jaikishore Mosalikanti & Padmavani will perform Kuchipudi 8 pm. On the final day (January 26) there will be Bharatanatyam performance by Vijna Vasudevan 6.30 pm and Fusion Music show by Stephen Devassy & Band at 7.15 pm. In connection with the Festival, KTDC will also organise a Kathakali mela at Kanakakkunnu palace.