The real ‘mahotsav’ of Kannur, the Navaratri festival, conducted as part of the Navami celebrations every year, is sadly losing its glory owing to the neglect and the ignorance of the authorities and the younger generation.
Kannur has a very rich tradition of Navaratri, celebrated in a grand manner in the past. The festivities were at a par with that of the Dussehra in Mysore, so much so that it was called the Dussehra of Kerala.
Old timers reminisce about the days when music maestros from Chennai, Coimbatore, Mysore, Thanjavur and other places were invited to showcase their skills and enthral the people. It was a time when there was healthy competition among business establishments and temples in and around the city to attract the best talent. The councils ruling the municipality took special interest in conducting the celebration.
Neglect on the part of the authorities, disinterestedness of the leaders, too many restrictions and other rules and regulations have diminished the splendour of the festival.
The older generation fears that if nothing is done, the Navaratri fete will die a slow death.
Let their be utsavs and mahotsavs but let us not forget traditional festivities and celebrations that truly are the heart and soul of a region.
M. Pradyu Thalikavu
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