THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The city will witness a cultural festival, being organised as part of the 20th state conference of the CPM, from February 1.
‘Prathibha vandanam’ (tributes to talents), drama fest, Kathaprasangam, film fest, seminars, poets’ meet, book fest, arts competition and photo expo have been arranged as part of the cultural fest.
Marxist ideologue P Govinda Pillai will formally open the fest by delivering the Vaikundaswamy lecture at VJT Hall at 4 pm on Wednesday.
Sunil P Ilayidam will deliver the memorial lecture on Sree Narayana Guru, Dr Puthusseri Ramachandran on Chattambi Swami and Rosecott Krishna Pillai on Barrister G P Pillai.
Dr K N Panickar will deliver the Swadesahbhimani lecture on February 2. Dr N A Kareem will preside over and deliver the memorial lecture on Vakkom Moulavi. Dr Sebastian Paul will deliver the lecture on Kesari Balakrishna Pillai.
Noted critic M K Sanu will inaugurate the centenary lecture to be held at VJT Hall on February 9. He will also deliver the Thakazhi remembrance lecture. Dr K P Mohanan will speak on Ponkunnam Varkey. Prabha Varma will remember Changampuzha.
Film director Lenin Rajendran will inaugurate the arts programmes at Putharikandam Maidan on Wednesday.
On February 8, at 7 pm, Neena Prasad and team will present a dance programme. Poet Satchidanandan will inaugurate the seminar on ‘Art and culture during the time of globalisation’ on February 6 at 2 pm at the VJT Hall.
ONV Kurup will inaugurate the ‘Kaviyarangu.’ He will also open the seminar on progressive literary movement and Malayalam literature at VJT hall at 4 pm on February 8.