Season of gold

IF DIAMONDS are forever, then gold is for all seasons. And for all reasons, too. But there is something more to the glitter when it comes from `God's Own Country'.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Kerala Tourism Department, the World Gold Council and the All Kerala Gold and Silver Merchants Association, a month-long gold festival called `Swarnam 2003', to be held in the State from October 10, is expected to whip up the festival passion of not only the Malayali but Kerala watchers as well.

The festival, focussing on gold and allied industry, will open a window to the world to the unique and lofty craftsmanship of gold jewellery in Kerala. According to the organisers of `Swarnam 2003', the show will lay special focus on traditional strengths such as purity and creativity.

From October 10 to November 9, the cities of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kozhikode will turn themselves into gold centres of Kerala. Colourful arches, sky balloons, vertical banners, streamers and hoardings will embellish these cities. To add to the extravaganza, there will be cultural evenings with fashion shows and musical concerts.

There will be prizes in gold coin, and the bumper being one kg. of gold. There will be special pavilions for gold artisans to show their skills.

The show will be held in Kochi from October 11 to 14, in Thrissur from October 17 to 20, in Kozhikode from October 23 to 26, in Kollam from October 30 to November 2, and in Thiruvananthapuram from November 5 to 8.

By Abdul Latheef Naha