Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran will inaugurate the Kadathanad Fest 2012 being organised by the Purameri grama panchayat in association with various political and social organisations at Purameri from February 21 to 29.

Purameri grama panchayat president and chairperson of the reception committee K.P. Vanaja will preside over the inaugural function to be held at 5 p.m. on February 21, which will be preceded by a colourful procession that would begin on the Purameri Water Tank premises at 4 p.m.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, Ms. Vanaja said the festival would include seminars on national integration, religious harmony, and cultural unity besides folk art forms. The departments of police, excise, fire and rescue services, fisheries, and forest and the Kozhikode Medical College would have pavilions at the venue. An exhibition of Kudumbasree products and traditional breeds of cows would also be conducted.

K.K. Lathika, MLA, will inaugurate the exhibition, while Kozhikode Rural SP T.K. Rajmohan will inaugurate the Kerala Police pavilion. District panchayat president Kanathil Jameela and block panchayat president N.P. Devi will inaugurate various departmental stalls. The inaugural function will be followed by a fusion music lead by Thripunithura Ramesh Thampuran and group.

Noted writers K.E.N. Kunhahammad, U.K. Kumaran, journalists R. Madhavan Nair and Najeeb Kanthapuram will take part in a media seminar on February 22. The seminar will be followed by a dance drama by Aag theatre.

A history seminar on February 23 will be followed by folk art forms presented by the Kerala Folklore Akademi. Talks on traditional cow breeds and martial arts will be held on February 24, followed by Kalaripayattu and Kolkali performances by the Kadathanadu Kalari Sanghom.

Poet Kureeppuzha Sreekumar will inaugurate a poets' meeting to be held on February 25. Folklore Akademi chairman Muhammed Ahammed will inaugurate a seminar on ‘Contribution of Mappila art forms to the Kerala culture,' followed by presentation of Mappila art forms by Payyannur S.S. Kalavedi.

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