The preparations for Onam this year have commenced and the celebrations would be spread across eight different stages located in different places of the district. The main stage will be that at the famous Kozhikode beach. In a meeting on Saturday, the organizing committee responsible for hosting the event, presided over by C.A. Latha, the district collector stated that this year the sessions in classical dance, literature and Carnatic music will be held in Town Hall and those of drama and ghazals at the Tagore centenary Hall.
Kuttichira and art gallery would also be among the stages meant for organizing events for the first time ever since the Onam celebrations started. Art gallery is chosen as a venue for screening documentary & animation films and exhibiting paintings. On the other hand, Kuttichira is chosen as the venue for moplah song festival. Malabar Christian College grounds are the venue for athletics and a floral carpet contest would be hosted at the Government Teachers Training College.
On September 13, a vibrant pageant announcing the Onam celebrations would be organized in the city in afternoon. The pageant will exhibit the cultural character of Kozhikode, said a spokesman for the event. Along with the District Collector, film maker P.V. Gangadharan and A Pradeep Kumar, MLA also attended the meeting for working out on the details of Onam celebrations.