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  • 40th ‘Soorya’ festival begins its 111 day long journey on Thiruvananthapuram on September 21
  • 2000 national and international artists will perform in the festival
  • Yesudas, Manju Warrior, films by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, and country’s biggest Bible show are some of the major attractions on this year’s schedule

Sept 21, 2016: Kerala is all set for the 40th edition of the cultural and art celebration in Thiruvananthapuram. The traditional cultural fiesta is the annual ‘Soorya’ Festival that is celebrated for 111 days at a stretch.

The celebration will begin with the ‘Ganesham’, mega show as the opening ceremony on Wednesday at the famous Tagore theatre. The festival will conclude with country’s biggest ever Bible show, ‘My Savior’, on January 11.

On Monday, September 19, in a news conference- Soorya Krishnamurthy, the director of the film society and Soorya stage as well as the organiser of the grand event has stated that over 2000 artists from around the globe and from inside the country are about to participate in the grand fest.

Soorya Krishnamurthy, Director of the Soorya Stage and Film Society. Wikipedia

Major Attractions

The festival has multiple major attractions for the audience this year. Legendary Carnatic vocal singer K J Yesudas will be performing as he has been in all the previous editions of the festival. There will be also dancing performances of Nityashree Mahadevan, Shobhana and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy (Bharatnatyam), Sharmila Mukherjee (Odissi dance), Manju Warrior (Kuchipudi).


The theatre fest begins on October 11. The painting exhibition where various artists from around the world will take part in will commence from 11th to 17th November. The ‘Female Strokes’ is to showcase the works done by women artists. Ghazals and Hindustani music will be performed in the program ‘Jalsa Ghar’ from 21st to 31st October. Another grand attraction of the festival this year is the French ballet ‘Mithuna’, to be performed by Annett Leday.

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The film festival holds the major interest of the people. Supported by the directorate of the Film Festivals in New Delhi, the fest will see the screening of specially chosen classical movies by the eminent film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan in the ‘Meet the Masters’ program. The fest will also view regional films that include- Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi movies.

‘Soorya’, headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram, is a non-profit voluntary organisation that is absolutely non-commercial and the 40th edition of the annual celebration of the ‘Soorya’ Festival is about to be even more glamorous and more eventful!

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC



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