The three-day State conference of the Purogamana Kalasahithya Sanghom concluded here with a folk art extravaganza at the Press Club Maidan in the evening. The valedictory function was inaugurated by noted writer Pratibha Rai.

In her address, Ms. Rai said every language in the country had its own distinctive folk arts. In those areas where the progressive forces were strong, folk arts stood protected.

The function was presided over by Sanghom general secretary V.N. Murali.

Eleven districts

The cultural extravaganza comprised folk arts from eleven districts of the State.

They included Panchavadyam from Thrissur, Vattakali from Wayanad, Margamkali from Kottayam, Kakkarashi Nadakam from Thiruvananthapuram, Theyyam from Kannur and Kasragod, Kathakali from Kollam, Parakutty (Thiryattam) from Kozhikode, Ottanthullal from Palakkad, Padayani from Pathanamthitta and Devaragam from Alappuzha.

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