What happens when a city already exhilarated with the celebrations of Onam meets the Rally for Rivers? The answer is: a buzz that you cannot describe.
In Thiruvananthapuram’s throbbing art space Manaveeyam Veedhi, there are painters, folk dancers of various forms: Velakali, Theyyam, Padayani, Kummatti Kali, Arjuna Nirtham, Pulikkali…
Also Mizhavu drummers are beating out a rousing rhythm, the Duffmuthu singers are crooning their song and there is a long procession of people bearing RfR flags… the atmosphere is superb!
With a successful event in Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala becomes the first official state government to offer concurrence and come on board the Rally for Rivers. After a rousing welcome at Manaveeyam Veedhi, the main event took place in the city’s cultural centre, the Tagore Theatre.
Eminent poet Shri Kallavam Sreekumar and an ensemble of musicians performed ‘Nila Nadi’, a paean to rivers. Among the prominent dignitaries who graced the occasion to register their support for the endeavour were Shri Mattew T Thomas Minister for Water Resources, Shri Kadakampalli Surendran, Minister of Tourism, Shri O Rajagopal MP, Shri K Jayakumar, Vice Chancellor Malayalam University, and acclaimed film maker Shri Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
Sadhguru said he had been informed that of the 44 rivers flowing through Kerala several were in serious states of depletion. However, the state administration had, through committed efforts, revived a couple of rivers in the past years. This is a demonstration that it can be done, Sadhguru said.
“Kerala is called God’s Own Country only because of its greenery and its water bodies,” explained Sadhguru, adding, “We must be able to say this about the entire nation.”
All dignitaries offered water to a vertiver plant, which is considered auspicious in Kerala.