Special Correspondent

Variety entertainment on offer from today

  • One of largest sand sculptures to be displayed
  • Joint concert by Guru Kiran, Udit Narayan on Sunday

    MANGALORE: The three-day beach festival organised as a part of the Karavali Utsav will begin on Panambur beach from Friday. According to the man in charge of the overall organisation of the beach festival, Krishnappa Poojary, the programme will consist of wide range of activities that promise to keep participants entertained throughout.

    Sand sculpture

    Mr. Poojary (who is also Commissioner of the Mangalore City Corporation) told presspersons here on Wednesday that one of the largest sand sculptures, depicting a mythological character, made by noted sand sculptor Pramod Patnaik from Puri, Orissa, would be open for public viewing on all three days.

    The programme would include a swimming competition, a boat race, a sand sculpture competition for children, a beach volleyball tournament for men and beach throwball matches for women, he said. For those who would like to simply swim about in the waters, the organisers have erected a safe swimming zone and would provide harnesses and life jackets. About 100 lifeguards would also be deployed, he added.

    Food festival

    The regular culinary show and food festival would also be held, and care has been taken to serve hygienically prepared food, Mr. Poojary said. He said efforts had been made to make the prices of the food items affordable. The festival will also feature a kite-flying show, at which three international teams of kite-flyers along with the city's team will demonstrate their skills.

    Cultural festivals

    Cultural festivals would also be held on all three days, including Tulu, Konkani and Kannada music concerts and a special dance ballet, which will be performed by Tibetan students living here.

    The 42-day utsav will come to an end on Sunday in a grand programme at which film music director Guru Kiran and Bollywood background singer Udit Narayan will present a joint concert.

    Since the organisers are expecting a large crowd for the festival, they have made elaborate arrangements for parking and allowing for the free movement of vehicles. Mr. Poojary said that on Saturday and Sunday, the vehicles of people going to Panambur beach would be made to stop at the NMPT stadium.

    From there, four Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses would take people to the beach front, and they would be able to use the same buses to return to the stadium after the programme or even during the programme, as the buses would be shuttling between the two points, Mr. Poojary said.

    A limited number of vehicles belonging to service personnel and VIPs would have passes to the venue and they would be allowed parking at the Coast Guard enclosure near the beach, he added.