Grand Kerala Cultural Ensemble in Prasanthi Nilayam…

Thousands from God’s Own Country marched in the streets of God’s Very Own Puttaparthi in what could be termed as a ‘Cultural-Devotional-Parade’ depicting rich cultural ensemble of Kerala, this morning in Prasanthi Nilayam.

The mass procession was organised on the sidelines of the ongoing Onam 2012 festivity. Today is the final day of Onam, Thiruvonam, marking the annual visit of its erstwhile Emperor Mahabali.

Beginning from the Hanuman Temple Junction, the procession, attended by thousands, moved in disciplined segments of different cultural blocks.

Various cultural traditions, namely, Thrivathirakkali, Vallam Kali (boat race), Theyyam art, Kalaripayattu, Kolkkali, Kavadiyattam, Oppana of Muslim community were on display apart from Panchavadyam, Nadasawaram, Vedam and Bhajans.

The one-hour long procession culminated at the Ganesh Mandir inside the ashram premises.

Continuing with the celebration, this evening there will be a speech by Hon. Justice Sri Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan that will be followed by a Musical Dance Drama, Sri Parvathi Parinayam, by Balvikas and School children from Kozhikode District.

On the auspicious morning, the Mandir was bedecked with typical Kerala decorations. Onapookkalam, traditional flower decoration along with Nirapara (traditional Indian measuring cup symbolising plentiful harvest) was arranged in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum.

Nadaswaram batch from the Institute played for fifteen minutes before the state troupe bhajans at 0900 hrs.

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