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