Onam fiesta begins with a tug-of-war

August 28, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 29, 2016 06:01 pm IST - Thrissur:

A friendly tug-of-war between people’s representatives and the police, which kick-started the Onam celebrations in Thrissur on Thursday.–Photo: K.K. Najeeb  

A friendly tug-of-war between people’s representatives and the police, which kick-started the Onam celebrations in Thrissur on Thursday.–Photo: K.K. Najeeb  

In real life, they are often at loggerheads. However, this Onam season, they were a treat to watch as a friendly bunch trying to play an age-old Onam sport together.

A friendly tug-of-war was held as part of the Onam celebrations here on Thursday between the elected representatives and the police. Minister for Co-operation C.N. Balakrishnan inaugurated the programmes at Thekkinkadu maidan.

The District Tourisms Promotion Council along with the district administration, district panchayat, and the City Corporation have organised myriad programmes this year in connection with Onam. They include Thiruvathirakali by Thanima group of Irinjalakuda, ‘Old is Gold’ Music Night by Nanma Thrissur, and bamboo music by Vayali Bamboo Folks.

Chrystal Team will perform Mimics and Dance on Friday on Thiruvonam day. A music band led by eminent music director Mohan Sithara is another attraction on the Onam Day. Kummattikali, keyboard recital by G. Sailesh, dance programmes by Saparya Kalakshetra, and mega show by Kochin Heroes will entertain people on Saturday.

Guinness record holder Sebastian Joseph’s Guitar, Kuchippudy performance of Devika Gireesh, Bharathanatyam by Aparna Venugopal, and folk songs by Adima Kalasamithy, will add colour to celebrations on Sunday.

The celebration will reach crescendo with the Pulikkali on fourth Onam on Monday, which will bring curtain to the Onam celebrations.

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