Only a limited number of slots remain for participation in the sixth edition of The Hindu-MetroPlus ‘Pookkalam’ contest to be held at St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Pattom, here on August 25.

Only 50 teams will be allowed to take part in the contest on a first come, first served basis. Registration for the event is on.

The Pookkalam contest, held from 2007 onwards, has witnessed ever-increasing participation over the years, and has become the top contest of its kind in terms of participation of teams (50 teams), quality and craftsmanship, and value and number of prizes.

Each team should have five members, including the team captain, of which three should be women. The pookkalam should be prepared in two-and-a-half hours, which includes the time for drawing and flower arrangement.

Teams should register in advance. For registration in Thiruvananthapuram, contact telephone number 2502001 or e-mail

The contest will be held between 9 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. at the Golden Jubilee Hall, St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Pattom, here. The venue will be open for visitors from 3 p.m.

The winners of the first three prizes will receive cash prizes of Rs.20,000, Rs.12,500, and Rs.7,500, respectively. Ten teams will be given consolation prizes of Rs.1,500 each.

All teams will be given Rs.750 as reimbursement for the cost of flowers. Visitors can also win prizes through lucky dip.

The best traditionally dressed team and two individual participants will be given special prizes. Also, a biscuit crunch contest will be conducted for children. The presenting sponsor for the event is Parle Products. The event is powered by Lewis Berger Easy Clean. The banking partner is Bank of Baroda, and the gift sponsor TTK Prestige.

All team members should be above 15 years of age. Each institution can send a maximum of three teams.

The pookkalam can be a circle or a square but the diameter/length and breadth should not exceed five feet. It should have a minimum area of 19 sq ft and a maximum of 25 sq ft. Only natural flowers and leaves should be used. The registered teams should report at the information counter at the venue at 8.30 a.m. for allotment of number and space in the hall.