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Floats, cultural programmes to mark end of Onam fete

Staff Reporter

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Final touches:Floats getting ready for the pageantry to mark the end of Onam Week celebrations at the Tagore theatre in the city on Friday.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Floats projecting the achievements made by the State in various spheres during the last four years and thrust on nature conservation will be the focus of the pageantry to be organised on Saturday to mark the end of Kerala Tourism's State-level Onam Week celebrations.

Food security, need for energy conservation, efforts to create infrastructure and the crusade against corruption and plastic will be the topics to be highlighted in the floats. Since it is the last pageantry during the present Left Democratic Front (LDF) government's regime, many departments are using the opportunity to project their achievements.

Velu Thampi Dalawa with sword in front of Napier Museum, Bekal beach camp, the upcoming property of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) at Bekal, dramatic moments in the life of Swadeshbhimani Ramakrishna Pillai are some of the themes in the floats. The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre's float will project the achievements made by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the field of space. The floats numbering 80 are getting ready on the Salvation Army Higher Secondary School premises at Kowdiar, Tagore theatre, Vazhuthacaud and Residency, Thycaud. Some of the departments and organisations are preparing the floats on their own premises. Artistes are busy giving finishing touches based on the approved sketches.

Round-the-clock work is going on at many places to dress up the floats. The inclement weather in the capital for the last few days was the biggest hurdle to the preparations. Although sponge continues to be a sought-after medium among artistes in dressing up the floats, conventional plywood, thermocol and other medium normally used are being used this year as the tourism authorities are insisting on quality of the floats.

A mixed media is the trend this year, says artiste who C.B. Jinan, who is instrumental in preparing 13 floats this year.

Another attraction of the pageantry is the distribution of leaf letter containing the prize coupon from the float of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival.

The lucky spectators to be selected through a digital draw will get prize coupon worth Rs.1 lakh for purchase of gold from Malabar Gold.

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