By Express News ServiceTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the annual Nishagandhi dance festival at Kanakakunnu Palace grounds here on Monday.
“It is a welcome sign that artistes have come out in protest to express their resentment against anti-democratic and fascist tendencies.
He added that the seven-day Nishagandhi dance festival had been recognised as a global event and the state can be proud of that.
In his presidential address, Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran said that Nishagandhi festival had set a benchmark and was rated on par with Khajurao and Konark dance festivals.
Also, eminent artistes, including Kalamandalam Gopi, will perform in the “Kathakali Mela” being held in parallel to the dance festival on all the seven days.