Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Curtains will come down on the five-day Onam celebrations, Lavanyam 2009, organised jointly by the District Tourism Promotion Council and the district administration, on Sunday.

District Collector M. Beena will inaugurate the valedictory function at the Children’s Park at 5.30 p.m.

Prizes to the winners of various competitions held in connection with the celebrations will be given away at a function to be held at 6 p.m. A night of music and dance will cap the festivities that had been going on in the park even before Lavanyam got off to a formal start.

As in the past, Lavanyam 2009 provided Kochiites with a sumptuous feast of music, dance, and comedy shows for five days starting from Thiruvonam. Performances were staged in three venues across the city – Durbar Hall Ground, Marine Drive, and the Children’s Park. The ethnic food fest “Taste of India” proved an added attraction.

On the penultimate day, visitors to the DH Ground enjoyed a dance presentation by the acclaimed Odissi dancer Meena Kumari Sahoo.

Film actor Ramya Nambeesan and team followed suit thereafter.

Marine Drive hosted a dance fest by film actor Mukhta and Krishnapriya on Saturday.

Gazal lovers in the city have an evening to look forward as Devi Menon will take them on a memorable ride of ghazals at DH Ground on Sunday at 6.30 p.m.

This will be followed by an eclectic mix of Mohiniyattom and fusion at 8 p.m.

Sithara Balakrishnan will perform Bharatanatyam at Marine Drive at 6.30 p.m. Keralolsavam, an assortment of programmes, will be staged at 8 p.m.

Fireworks display

The highlight of the final day undoubtedly is the fireworks display planned on the skies over the backwaters near the Marine Drive at 9 p.m. Sporadic rain that had been lashing the city for the last couple of days had given the organisers a scare.

A similar display planned two years ago in connection with the annual Onam celebrations proved a damp squib following heavy rain. Organisers then had to satisfy themselves with a rather muted affair when the rain relented a bit.

Organisers were keeping their fingers crossed and hoping that skies would not open this time around.

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