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Sweet start to Onam festivities in Kollam

Staff Reporter
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: The Onam festive mood had a sweet note to it at Neeravil on the outskirts of the city after dusk on Wednesday where a competition for women was held in cooking traditional Onam cookies and sweetmeats.

The competition was conducted by Prakash Kalakendram. Not to be left behind, the men folk joined in the merriment by using giant spatulas to stir 100 kg of black halwa filled into an ‘uruli’.

Veteran halwa-maker in the area Kanakkan Ramachandran supervised the event. In fact, it was the first time that many among the new generation actually saw how the halwa is made. The halwa was simultaneously made in two uralis. It sold like hot cakes as there was huge booking for it.

The fuel material and utensils for the competition were provided by the organisers. The competition turned the Prakash Kalakendran grounds into a grand kitchen. President of Kalakendram V.R. Aju said six teams comprising three women each took park in the competition.

The food articles that were cooked included ‘achappam’, ‘neyyappam’, ‘kuzhalappam’, diamond cuts, ‘murukku’, ‘homapori’ and ‘ari unda’. Mr. Aju said the competition was organised as part of the 55th annual Onam celebrations of Prakash Kalakendram.

The Onam celebrations organised by the Kalakendram will conclude on September 19..

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