Thiruvananthapuram: The festivities in Onam are set to illuminate the capital city, infusing excitement into the hearts of its residents. Today heralds the commencement of a week-long jubilation, with preparations reaching their final stages in and around the prominent venue, Kanakakkunnu. The underlying theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Onam Orumayude Eenam,’ an embodiment of Kerala’s religious harmony and egalitarian values that the world shall witness.
The curtain rises on the Onam week celebrations as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurates the event by igniting the inaugural lamp at Nishagandhi, slated for 6 pm today. Actor Fahad Faasil and dancer Mallika Sarabhai inaugurate the occasion as the chief guests. The stage is also set for the presentation of traditional orchestration by the students of Pattambi Peringot School, champions of the State School Arts Festival, and a captivating dance sculpture performed by the artists of Kalamandalam.
Thiruvananthapuram springs to life with artistic splendour across 31 venues, encompassing Kanakakkunnu, Central Stadium, Thycaud Police Ground, Poojapura Ground, Shangumugham, Bharat Bhavan, Gandhi Park, Ayyankali Hall, Vailoppilli Sanskriti Bhavan, and the Museum Compound. The spotlight shines brightly on local talents, as approximately 8000 artists partake in the various events.
A harmonious blend of melodies fills the air during the music night, featuring the vocal talents of Biju Narayanan and Rimi Tomy. The festivities are scattered across five locations within Kanakakunnu, each adorned with diverse art programs that will grace the stage until September 2. Simultaneously, an array of artistic spectacles is scheduled at 31 distinct locations within the district.
The vibrant trade and food festival that kicks off at Kanakakunnu permeates through the stalls, offering a delightful culinary and shopping experience. Furthermore, every evening at 7 pm, Kanakakkunnu comes alive with an enchanting laser show, adding an extra layer of enchantment to the festivities.
With a crescendo of joy and creativity, the week-long extravaganza culminates on September 2 with a grand procession originating from Vellayambalam.