Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Tourism's week-long dance and music festival `Rhapsody of Rains' to welcome the monsoon season and promote monsoon tourism in the State will get under way here on Wednesday.

Rhapsody of Rains is one of a series of unique programmes being held to celebrate the joys of monsoon. The cultural fete, to be held at the Kanakakunnu Palace premises till July 2, will showcase some of the traditional art forms. The fete will open with a spectacular `Fusion Musical' evening featuring various instruments.

The following evenings will see diverse programmes such as `Nadodi Nerarangu,' a combination of folk songs and folk arts such as Panan, Pulluvan and Koithu Pattukal, as well as `Kala Kali,' `Chavittu Kali,' `Dharika Vadam' and `Namaste Kairali,' which includes Thiruvathirakali, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and `Mohiniyattom.

A black-and-white photo exhibition `Down Memory Lane' that unveils the myriad facets of the State's rich heritage and traditions will be another attraction of the festival. The exhibition is being organised by Kerala Tourism in association with B. Rajan.

A `Spot the picture' contest will also be held in connection with the festival. Another highlight of the monsoon cultural show will be the food festival on the palace premises.

The cultural fete will be inaugurated by Minister for Tourism Kodiyeri Balakrishnan at a function at the palace auditorium at 7.30 p.m.