The Nishagandhi amphitheatre was filled to the brim with an earnest audience, all patiently waiting for a solo performance that was scheduled to take place after the formal inaugural ceremony on Sunday.
A beloved actor who long vanished from the screens was returning as a Mohiniyattom dancer and Parvathy Jayaram’s solo performance marked the opening night of the week-long Nishagandhi Festival, being organised by Kerala Tourism.
The dignitaries present at the inaugural function kept their speeches short, making way for stunning performances that celebrated the nation’s cultural heritage. The opening dance sequence titled ‘Naman’ lasted for 30 minutes and blended five classical dance forms, each led by a renowned artiste — Jayaprabha Menon (Mohiniyattom), Malti Shyam (Kathak), Kavita Dwibedi (Odissi), Priya Venkataraman (Bharatanatyam) and Bimbavati Devi (Manipuri).
Parvathy Jayaram’s solo event followed the show and the evening’s entertainment ended with a Kathak routine led by Vikram Iyengar.
Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar inaugurated the function, presided over by K. Muraleedharan, MLA. Actor Suresh Gopi was the guest of honour. All speakers noted the invaluable role played by the festival in not only presenting traditional art forms to tourists from abroad but also to the local population. The event will come to a close on January 26.