Scores of people are set to attend a mega event ‘Kinnam Kali’ as part of Onam celebrations. Organised by the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam, the traditional Kerala folk art will be enacted by over 100 artists by BKS Vanitha Vedhi.

Kinnam’ means plate in Malayalam and as such the dance, which is essentially a group performance, has dancers dancing holding plates in their two hands. The number of dancers should be in even numbers, with at least a minimum of eight dancers.

The dance is usually set to tune with traditional ‘Vanchipattukal’- the old-time folksongs sung during the renowned boat races of Kerala. According to veteran Thiruvathira Kali teacher Geetha, the dance is all about perfectly balancing the plates without ever dropping it even once.

“In Kinnam Kali, you need to perfectly synchronize the hand-body kinetics with the beats or the thalam and the song. While dancing, the dancers should also be completely aware of the plates they are holding and should not drop it even once. The beauty of the dance lies in the body movements and the hand movements while holding the plates,” says Geetha teacher.

BKS hosts their Onam celebration annually and it becomes bigger and better every year. This year, celebrity singers are also set to enthral audience as the south-Indian community celebrates Onam. The Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam will be organizing ‘Sravanam 2019 - the mega Onam celebration’ with a multitude of sports, cultural and stage events.

A musical feast will be one of the highlights as renowned singers: Hariharan, Madhu Balakrishnan and Sithara will take to the stage. The Grand finale is scheduled on 27th of September which will conclude with a Musical event by playback singer K. S. Chithra, Harisanker and team.

The formal inauguration of the Sravanam 2019 will be on the 19th of September. The Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam will be conducting an ‘Indian Traditional Costume Competition' held in connection with the Onam Celebrations which will take place on 23rd September 2019.