Cultural Affairs Minister K C Joseph called for a collective effort to take forward our richest cultural legacy. He was speaking after inaugurating the Ananthapuri Nritha Sangeetholsavam 2012 and the 100th Sree Chithira Thirunal Jayanthi Celebrations organised by the Sree Chithira Thirunal Smaraka Sangeetha Natya Kala Kendram in the city on Thursday.
He also expressed concern over the attitude of the new generation who are showing less interest towards culture. “The attitude of the new generation raises concern on whether our cultural legacy would become extinct. The government is doing its part to take forward our cultural legacy and the role of these festivals too are important to promote them,” he said.
On the occasion, the Minister draped Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma, head of the royal family of erstwhile Travancore who is celebrating his ‘navathy’, with a ‘ponnada’.
Karim Venkitangu, chairman of the Sree Chithira Thirunal Global Council, Dubai, presided over the function. K Balachandran, chief co-ordinator of Ananthapuri Nritha Sangeetholsvam 2012, welcomed the gathering. Soorya Krishnamoorthy and M Sreemanohara Varma were among those present.