The city will host the Global Ayurveda Festival, a mega event to promote the Ayurveda system of medicine, at Kanakakkunnu Palace from February 9 to 14 next year.

The event, which includes a series of seminars, exhibitions, and events showcasing the potential of Ayurveda, will be organised by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), with the cooperation of the Department of Ayurveda.

Health Minister Adoor Prakash will release the brochure of the event at a function to be held at Hotel South Park here on Thursday by handing over the first copy to Palode Ravi, MLA, who is also the chairman of the reception committee of the event.

Apart from the Department of Ayurveda, representatives and professional bodies from Ayurveda-based industries and the Ayurveda Medicine Manufacturers' Association are associating with the event.

Seminars, clinics

Seminars involving international Ayurveda experts, clinics by renowned practitioners, workshops, outreach programmes, job fair, exhibitions showcasing the latest in Ayurveda research and development, medicinal plants and herbal products, Ayurveda food fete, and expert deliberations on industry practices and regulatory affairs will be part of the six-day festival.

Health expo

A health expo with over 300 stalls is being planned. It will have various displays on advancements in the field of ayurveda. Government agencies and private sector players will take part in the expo of Ayurveda medicines, medicinal plants, herbal cosmetics, books, and journals. Ayurveda health-care practitioners will be available for consultations.

The event will focus on raising public awareness of the Ayurveda system of medicine and its possibilities. AYUSH (Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homoeopathy) clinics, traditional practitioners of Ayurveda, and representatives from the hospitality industry promoting Ayurveda-based tourism will also participate in the festival.

Organising panel

An organising committee has been formed with eminent Ayurveda physician P.K. Warrier as chairman, former director of Ayurveda Medical Education M.R. Vasudevan Nampoothiri as secretary-general, and Director of the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bangalore, G.G. Gangadharan as working chairman.

For details, contact C. Suresh Kumar, general secretary, CISSA (ph: 9447 205913).