THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After enthralling residents in the capital for the past three days, the National Folk Festival will come to a close on Sunday evening.
Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran will inaugurate the valedictory function of the National Folk Festival at 8 pm at the Nishagandhi Auditorium. Kerala State Youth Welfare Board vice-chairman P Biju will preside over the function.
Other attractions on Sunday
On the last day of the festival on Sunday, Kolkata-based folk band Sahajiya will perform at 5 pm. Sahajiya blends percussion instruments in West Bengal with folk music.
Traditional musical instruments from North and South India, Latin America, Spain, Africa and West Asia are also used during the performance.Sahajiya, which has made music of West Bengal popular across the world, is performing for the first time in Kerala. Karnataka folk dance Dullu Kunitha will be staged at 6.30 pm followed by Punjabi dance at 7 pm.
Visitors to the National Folk Festival of Sunday will be treated to a theyyam performance in all its splendour. Modelled on Perum Kaliyattam which is popular in Malabar, the performance will begin immediately after the valedictory function and will continue till midnight.
A procession of ‘theyya kolams’ will reach Manaveeyam Road at Vellayambalam and perform there till midnight.
Arrangements have also been made for Visitors to the Nishagandhi Auditorium to witness the theyyam artists getting ready for the performance from 2 pm onwards.