The Navaratri festival has its own significance in Trivandrum. From three places in Tamil Nadu, the idols of Munnoottinanga, Kumara Swami and Saraswathi and a silver horse are ceremoniously brought to the city every year. These idols are placed in four venues and worshipped for the next nine days. Along with prayers and festivities, a music fest is also conducted at the Navaratri Mandapam. Various cultural events are also organised across the city to celebrate the festival.
The harvest festival of Kerala, Onam, has a different feel in Trivandrum. It concludes with a colourful pageantry every year here. The one-week long festival is organised by the Kerala Government with various dance, music and food festivals across the city. The bright string lights add beauty to the festival. The pageantry starts from Vellayambalam to East Fort with vibrant floats, tableaus and group performances. The event is flamboyant and is indeed a visual treat.
One of the largest art festivals in the world, the Soorya Festival features almost every art possible in a 100 days long fest. Conducted every year from September to January, this one-of-its-kind art fest integrates and promotes Indian arts and culture to a wider audience. Eminent personalities of various Indian art verticals including dance, music, documentary and drama perform here. Founded by Nataraja Krishnamoorthy in 1977, the Soorya Festival still remains the most vital art fests in India.
The Flower show (Vasantholsavam), a display of flowers from various parts of the globe, is an event organised by Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. The display items include ornamental as well as rare flowers and plants, herbs and agricultural produces. Sales of plants and seeds, a food court, aquarium and art installations are also part of the event. The mesmerising flower show is conducted at the Kanakakunnu palace grounds including Nishagandhi and Sooryakanthi auditoriums.
International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK)
The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is one of the most prominent film festivals in India. Held every year mostly in the month of December, IFFK is considered a paradise for movie goers. A true blue cinephile would have attended IFFK at least once in their lifetime. Spread across various cinemahalls in the city, this fest showcases World Cinema and also has award sessions. The vibrance Trivandrum goes through during these eight days is impeccable.
The annual mega event, Nishagandhi Festival, is conducted at the Kanakakunnu Palace premises. This one-week long festival is organised by KTDC, in collaboration with other Indian states. Nishagandhi, the open auditorium in Kanakakunnu Palace is the ground for the fest and entry is absolutely free for the audience. Renowned artists of Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odisi, modern ballet, contemporary dance and other dance forms including folk-dance are featured in the fest.