Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Swaralaya will honour outstanding talents, including veteran poet O.N.V. Kurup who has made remarkable literary contributions, in connection with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the formation of the State.

Law Minister M. Vijayakumar, who is also the organising committee chairman, told reporters here on Sunday that a three-day music festival `Manikka Veena' would be held here from Thursday.

A seminar, which would give an insight into the works of the poet, presentation of his drama and film songs and a photo exhibition have been planned as part of the programme.

CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the programmes at the Press Club on Wednesday morning. Poet Sugathakumari, filmmaker T.K. Rajiv Kumar and Press Club secretary V.S. Rajesh would offer felicitations.

Lyricist Sreekumaran Thampi will inaugurate the seminar in the evening. Pirappancode Murali, Prabha Varma, V. Madhusudanan Nair, M.G. Radhakrishnan, Perumbavur G. Ravindranath, Kaithapram Damdodaran Namboodiri, Johnny Lukose, Jolly Zachariah and Ravi Menon will address the seminar.

The drama songs of O.N.V. will be presented at Tagore Theatre the same evening. Culture Minister M.A. Baby will inaugurate the programme. Actors Tilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Vijayakumari and M.K.Arjunan will attend the programme. A dramatic version of two songs directed by Pramod Payyanyur will also be staged.

A get-together `Oru Vattom Koodi,' will be organised at the Government Women's College on Thursday morning. Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran will inaugurate a photo exhibition being conducted as part of the celebrations. People from different walks of life, including politicians, cultural activists and artists will gather at Alakapuri Auditorium on Friday afternoon to felicitate the poet.

A musical programme will be held at the University Senate Hall in the evening. It will be begin with the screening of the short film, `Bhoomikkoru Charama Geetham.'

Mr. Vijayakumar said that a Carnatic music festival similar to Thyagaraja aradhana in Thanjavur would be held here on December 17, 18 and 19.

A purse of Rs.1 lakh will be presented to a veteran singer at the festival.