The 10-day annual festival of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala Viswambara Temple will begin on Friday. The festival, popularly known as Kottakkal Pooram, has no restrictions on the basis of religion, community, or caste. People of all faiths are allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple on the courtyard of the Arya Vaidya Sala headquarters, Kailasamandiram.
The festivities will begin with a procession on Friday morning. There will be special programmes every day, according to P. Raghava Varier, Arya Vaidya Sala trustee and special consultant.
There will be Kathakali performance on most days after 10 p.m. “A lot of thrust is given to the promotion of art and culture,” said Mr. Varier. There will be a procession and Nadaswaram on all days in the morning. Ottanthullal and Chakyarkoothu will be performed in the afternoon.
Guruvayur Murali and party will lead a Nadaswaram concert on Friday evening. Usha Suresh Balaji and party will stage a Mohiniyattom performance on Saturday evening.
Kathakali artistes will present Kalyana Souganthikam and Uttara Swayamvaram at 10.30 p.m. on Saturday.
On Sunday, Mattannur Sankarankutty Marar will lead a Thayambaka at 7 p.m. Ayyappacharitam and Dakshayagam will be the stories of Kathakali at 9 p.m.
Cherthala Ranganatha Sharma will lead a Carnatic vocal concert at 7 p.m. on Monday. Kathakali artistes will perform Santhanagopalam and Duryodhanavadham at 11 p.m.
Prince Rama Varma will lead a Carnatic vocal concert on Tuesday evening. Kallekulangara Achuthankutty Marar will lead a Thayambaka at 10 p.m. Kathakali will begin at 11.30 p.m.
M. Narmada will lead a violin concert on Wednesday evening. Thriprangode Parameswara Marar will stage a Thayambaka at 10 p.m. Kathakali will follow from 11.30 p.m.
Sanjay Subramaniam will lead a Carnatic vocal concert on Thursday.
Temple fete attaches much importance to art and culture.