‘Sangeetha yatra’ in Kollam on Saturday

Staff Reporter

The event, led by singer Yesudas, spreads message against terrorism, communalism

KOLLAM: A music programme ‘Santhi Sangeetha Theertha Yatra,’ led by singer K.J. Yesudas, will be staged at the Swaralaya Open Air Auditorium at Kadappakada here on Saturday evening.

The ‘yatra’ was launched by Kavita Karkare, wife of Hemant Karkare, the ATS chief slain in Mumbai terror attacks, at Thiruvananthapuram on January 11.

Kollam is the second venue. The destination of the ‘yatra,’ taken out against terrorism and communalism, is Delhi.

Award for P. Suseela

At the programme here, playback singer P. Suseela will be presented with the Swaralaya-KPAC Sulochana Award.

The award which carries a cash prize of Rs.50,000, trophy and a citation will be presented to her by Mr. Yesudas. Committee chairman Thengamam Balakrishnan and general convener R.S. Babu said that the event would be held as part of the India One Festival jointly organised by the Swaralaya and the Kadappakada Sports Club and Reading Room.

The award presentation ceremony will be followed by a music concert by more than a dozen singers including Mr. Yesudas, Ms. Suseela and B. Vasantha.

There will also be a presentation of folk songs by C.J. Kuttappan and team.

Painting programme

Mr. Babu said that there would be a ‘night vigil’ painting programme by 59 painters on January 29. It will be inaugurated by Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose at the Sports Club Maidan at 6.30 p.m. Fifty-nine painters were selected to mark the completion of the Nation’s 59th Republic Day.

Oscar nominee

Education Minister M.A. Baby will honour the painters on January 30 at 7 a.m. at a function organised to observe the martyrdom anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mr. Balakrishnan said that the organising committee had also decided to honour film technician Resul Pookutty, who was nominated for the Oscars for his work in ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ He is a native of Kollam district.

At a function to be held in February, he will be presented with the Pattathuvila Karunakaran Memorial Trust Award that carries a cash prize of Rs.25,000 a trophy and a citation.

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