Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: A pageantry depicting the strides made in various sectors and the traditional art and dance forms of the State will bring down the curtains on Kerala Tourism’s week-long Onam celebrations on September 7.

As much as 85 floats will participate in the pageantry that will be flagged-off from Vellayambalam Junction by Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan at 5.30 p.m., vice-chairman of the Onam celebrations general committee V. Sivankutty, MLA, and district panchayat president and chairman of the pageantry committee Anavoor Nagappan told mediapersons here on Saturday.

Mr. Sivankutty said the floats would be presented by 11 government departments, quasi-government departments, public sector undertakings (31), private institutions (15), local bodies (12), cooperative institutions (8) and others.

Traditional art forms like ‘Velakali’, ‘Kuzhalpattu’, ‘Pulikali’, ‘Kummatti’ and Kumbupattu’ will be presented.

‘Panchavadyam’, ‘Elanjitharamelam’,‘Sinkarimelam’, ‘Thayambaka’ and ‘Kalaripayattu’ will add charm to the pageantry.

Contingents from the NCC and the mounted police will participate. Bands of the Kerala Police, NCC, Railway Police, Bharat Scouts and Guides and Sree Chitra Home will entertain the crowd.

Mr. Nagappan said film director T.K. Rajeev Kumar will coordinate the pageantry that would take more than three hours to reach East Fort. The organisers expect a turnout of over 12 lakh.

Students from schools in the city will present cultural programmes at 10 venues between Vellayambalam and East Fort before the arrival of the pageantry.

Separate enclosure will be set up near University College for Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, Ministers, MPs, MLAs and other dignitaries. A band of the Army will perform near this enclosure.

Another enclosure will be set up for senior officials, tourists and heads of public sector undertakings near the Public Library and Government Fine Arts College. The entry to the enclosures will be restricted through pass.

The public will not be allowed to cross the road on the East Fort-Vellayamablam stretch once the pageantry commences, convener of the pageantry committee N. Ayyappan said. Awards will be given for best floats in various categories. A rehearsal of the pageantry will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Mayor C. Jayan Babu, who was present at the press conference, urged the public coming to watch the pageantry to avoid food packets. The Mayor also warned the public from taking cool drinks and food from make-shift eateries.

Holiday

Educational institutions and government offices in the city will remain closed from 3 p.m. on Monday in view of the pageantry.

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