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Cultural icon figures in logo

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Acclaimed by celebrated traveller Marco Polo as the great emporium of the spice trade, Kannur has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the State.

When Kannur International Airport Ltd. (KIAL) was formed to set up the fourth airport in the State, the authorities did not have to ponder much on the logo for the company.

The KIAL authorities, led by its Managing Director V. Thulasidas, opted for Theyyam, North Malabar's unique, ancient ritualistic folk art.

The logo, which was officially released on Friday at the foundation stone-laying ceremony, is based on the motif of Theyyam.

“It is modelled on the eye of Theyyam with an aircraft in take-off mode within the eye,” Mr. Thulasidas said. The colours provided are black and red, the colours of Theyyam.

There are over 450 Theyyams, including the Agni Theyyam in which the dancers sit on fire.

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