The District Tourism Promotion Council is organising a variety of entertainment programmes as part of the Onam celebrations in different parts of the district. The Beach open stage is the main venue of the programmes. Thali, Town Hall, and Tagore Hall are the other venues in the city.
The programmes on the beach took off on Thursday with a Kalaripayattu, dance programme by actor Navya Nair, and a musical programme by playback singers Manjari, Vidhu Prathap, and Chengannur Sreekumar.
The main attraction on the Thiruvonam day on Friday is a rock fusion music programme by ‘Avial' band. There will also be Kalari Payattu and Yoga performances. On September 10, actor Suraj Venjarammod and party will present a reality show that will be followed by a dance programme by Bharatha Natyaniketan, New Delhi.
An orchestra of Bollywood and Kollywood songs will be held on September 11, in which singers Sadhana Sargam, Ranjini Jose, Abhilash Bombay, and Sunil Kumar will take part.
Shinkari Melam, folk songs, and Adivasi dance were held on the Thali open stage on Thursday. Fusion folk songs, folk dance, Theyyam, Thayambaka, Kolkkali, and Mappila songs are to be performed.
Tagore Hall came alive on Thursday with the play Mathilerikkanni. Ee Kilimarachottil and Thunnalkaran are to be staged on Friday while Dallal will be staged on Saturday. A musical programme by Mappilapattu exponent V.M. Kutty and party will be the highlight of Sunday's programmes.
Town Hall hosts classical music and dance programmes. A concert by Pattabhirama Pandit and party and a Mohiniyattom performance by Parvathiraj were held on Thursday. On Friday, vocalist Sudha Ranjith and dancers from Mahi Kalagramam will grace the stage.
A concert by Trichi Ganesh and party and a Bharathanatyam performance by Seetha Sashidharan and party will be held on Saturday.
Venues were set up in locations outside the city such as Chakkittappara, Chemancheri, Kodancheri, Thusharagiri, Kakkayam, and Kadalundi also where week-long Onam celebrations concluded on Thursday.