Onam celebrations in Pune to kickstart on Saturday  

ST Correspondent
Friday, 1 September 2017

Pune: Vakdevatha, a Pune-based cultural centre for those from Kerala, in association with Puravankara Group, is all set to give a colourful welcome to the festival of Onam, which will be celebrated on September 4. 

For the entire Pravasi Malayalees (non-resident Keralites), Onam brings nostalgic memories about their home State and childhood days, reviving Kerala's culture and traditions. 

"Onam celebrations start from the Malayalam Star Atham, (August 25) and is followed by a 10-day celebrations," a representative from the association said. 

Pune: Vakdevatha, a Pune-based cultural centre for those from Kerala, in association with Puravankara Group, is all set to give a colourful welcome to the festival of Onam, which will be celebrated on September 4. 

For the entire Pravasi Malayalees (non-resident Keralites), Onam brings nostalgic memories about their home State and childhood days, reviving Kerala's culture and traditions. 

"Onam celebrations start from the Malayalam Star Atham, (August 25) and is followed by a 10-day celebrations," a representative from the association said. 

As part of Onam celebrations, a 'mono-act' competition will be organised on September 2 from 5 pm onwards at Nigdi Shrikrishna Temple, Rukmini Sabha Gruham. 

"Kerala Sahitya Academy Award winning writer Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu will inaugurate the function. Vakdevatha Puraskaram for 2017 will be presented to a well-known personality in drama and mono act field,” said KP Sasikumar. 

He will also be presenting Ravana Puthri, a mono drama during the event. Literary writers Pratibha Rajan, poet Rema Prasanna Pisharody, industrialist PI Varghese, Malayalam Mission Pune Chapter-General Secretary KS Ravi will be the other distinguished guests for the function, a press note from the organisers said. 

The programme will start with Ashtapathy by 9-year-old Shikha Marar followed by adoration to Lord Ganesh by 8-year-old Vismaya Vinod. Reshmi Harish Nair will perform soulful songs while students of Natya Kalamandir will perform various dance forms. 

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