After a breezy Sunday that registered a surge in footfalls at its venues, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is all set to welcome the New Year with a Triple Thayambaka by Mattannur Sankarankutty Marar and his team on Monday.

The ethnic drum concert by the Padma Shri-winning chenda maestro and his sons Sreekanth and Sreeraj on the Fort Kochi beach would extend well up to the midnight that would usher in 2013, according to functionaries of the programme that is being organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation in association with the Cochin Carnival Committee.

The Thayambaka, scheduled to last two-and-a-half hours, will start at 9 p.m. This will be followed by the ‘burning of the Pappanji’, a customary ritual with a Portugese-era hangover that is part of the New Year revelry in the ancient town of Fort Kochi.

The Biennale is open this Monday as well, considering a resounding attendance at the show, especially at the main venue of Aspinwall House, the organisers said.

Chavittu Natakam

At the heritage village of Gothuruth, near North Paravur, a five-day Chavittu Natakam festival held as part of the Biennale concluded in the late evening.

The last show at the fete named Chuvati ’12 was Carlsman Charitham , penned by Chinnathambi Annavi, the 16th-century founder of the Latin Catholic ballet, was directed by Thambi Payyampilly. It was staged by the artistes of the Yuvajana Chavittu Nataka Kalasamithi, Gothuruth.

The festival was held at Holy Cross church in coastal Kadalvathuruth in association with the local Sports and Arts Club that will celebrate its centenary next year.