Get en­thralled by mu­si­cians, artistes of God’s own coun­try

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Here is a chance for city Malay­alis to quench their long­ing for the cul­ture and lit­er­a­ture of Ker­ala.

The Ur­ban Haat in CBD Be­la­pur is host­ing the Ker­ala Fest and Book Fair be­tween Novem­ber 27 and De­cem­ber 6. There are over 1 lakh books avail­able at the fest of over 12,000 ti­tles in var­i­ous lan­guages.

Apart from live per­for­mances, com­pe­ti­tions and panel dis­cus­sions, visi­tors will also be treated to a kavi sam­me­lan.

“Well-known mu­si­cians such as P Jayachandran and Bal­ab­haskar will per­form at the fest. There will also be per­for­mances of Pan­chari Melam Pan­chavadyam and other pop­u­lar mu­si­cal en­sem­bles by artistes from var­i­ous re­gions of the state,” said Mini­hari Kr­ish­nan, re­gional man­ager, western re­gion, Mathrub­humi, that has or­gan­ised the fest.

Food­ies can treat their taste buds to the spicy Malay­ali cui­sine.

“For those in­ter­ested in get­ting the taste of Ker­ala, the food court will serve au­then­tic Ker­ala cui­sine,” said Ge­orge Se­bas­tian, se­nior gen­eral man­ager of the Mathrub­humi fest.

This is also an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal Malay­alis to show­case their tal­ents in the fest. Malay­alis cul­tural as­so­ci­a­tions and sama­jams in the city and around have par­tic­i­pated in the fest.

For those in­ter­ested in shop­ping, there is an ex­hi­bi­tion-cum­sale of tra­di­tional hand­i­crafts and tex­tiles.

“There will be panel dis­cus­sions

on women’s is­sues and other rel­e­vant top­ics. We are hav­ing cook­ery com­pe­ti­tion for the el­ders. For the chil­dren there will be paint­ing, es­say writ­ing, short story and poetry recita­tion com­pe­ti­tions,” said Kr­ish­nan.

The fest has al­ready at­tracted visi­tors.

“It is not very of­ten that you have a Ker­ala fest at such a large

scale. My fam­ily has thor­oughly en­joyed ev­ery bit of our visit to­day. It was like home­com­ing for us,” said Vi­noj Vasu, a vis­i­tor.

“I came to the fest be­cause I have loved Ker­ala since my visit to the state. The fest is as au­then­tic as one can get, be it books, food, clothes or gen­eral en­ter­tain­ment,” said Renu Shah, a Vashi res­i­dent.

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Dancers per­form a clas­si­cal fu­sion chore­ographed by Kala­man­dalam Gopalakr­ish­nan on Satur­day as part of the 10-day fest at Ur­ban Haat, CBD Be­la­pur.

Kathakali and Mo­hiniy­at­tam artistes per­form at the fes­ti­val.

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