Its Time for Hay Festival in Thiruvananthapuram Again !

It’s time for the Hay Festival Kerala again, as Thiruvananthapuram plays host to one of the biggest literary events that is held across the globe, from 17th to 19th November 2011.

For the second time ever after last year, Thiruvananthapuram plays host to the Hay Festival. Essentially a literary festival, it has been touted to be ‘a rare and wonderful meeting of complementary talents and ideas’. And it is Thiruvananthapuram that has been chosen as the much preferred destination again. “It felt like a natural home for the Hay Festival,” says Peter Florence, the founder and director of the festival. “We chose Kerala,especially Thiruvananthapuram, for its rich tradition of literary writing in Malayalam. We hope to spread its appeal gradually across borders,” says Lyndy Cook, executive director of the festival.

This year’s Hay Festival, international writers include Jung Chang, Rukmini Nair, Germaine Greer, K. Satchidanandan, Simon Armitage, Anita Nair, Dr.Shashi Tharoor, Arundhati Subramaniam, Anna Funder, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Anupama Raju and many other compelling and entertaining speakers are participating.


Kanakakkunnu Palace

Kanakakunnu Palace is located in Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum) close to the Napier Museum. It was primarily used as the summer palace of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore. Built by Sree Moolam Thirunal, the Palace was later renovated by Sree Swathi Thirunal, with the introduction of tennis courts and other features. The palace boasts beautiful chandeliers and a large collection of royal furniture. With its stunning architecture, it is a legacy of the colonial era, having been used as a guest house to entertain visiting dignitaries.

Kanakakunnu Palace is one of the major tourist attractions in Thiruvananthapuram. The atmosphere of royalty left by the Travancore family can still be felt in the palace.

Protected by the tourism department, the palace plays host to many cultural events and shows. The palace grounds are an excellent place for runners to exercise, and for families to relax in the evenings. The Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has listed this palace as a heritage monument.

Nishagandhi Open Air Auditorium

The auditorium is located within the palace compound and is a sought-after venue for staging various cultural events and entertainments. The Nishagandhi open-air auditorium hosts an annual week-long Nishagandhi Dance and Music Festival, which stages Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohinayattam and other performances. Various artists participate in this cultural spectacle.

Sooryakanthi Auditorium

The Sooryakanthi auditorium is a very popular venue which stages exhibitions, trade fairs and cultural events. The palace grounds also host a week-long food festival which sees the participation of hotels from all over Thiruvananthapuram.


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