Tribal kids create 7,000-square-foot pookalam
Nilambur: The biggest floral carpet made by adivasis marked the beginning of this year's Onam celebrations at the Nilambur municipality. The Thiruvathirakali performed by 15 teams from various schools around the 7,000-square-foot pookalam turned out to be a visual treat for the spectators.
The giant pookalam was made on the premises of the TB Office by around 200 tribal students. They were from the Indira Gandhi Memorial Model Residential School and from various centres of the Mahila Sangham.
The organisers claim it to be the biggest Onapookalam made by adivasis in the country.
Six tonnes of flowers given by the merchants of Nilambur were used for the pookalam. The children started the work on the pookalam at 5 in the morning and finished it by 11. They symbolically picturised the 24 spokes of Ashoka Chakra in the pookalam.
The inaugration of the Onam celebration that followed was performed by 'ooru moopans' (chieftain) of eight tribal colonies in the region. Karuppan of Mangalamkunnu colony, Krishnan Kutty of Palakkayam colony, Gopalakrishnan of Odakkayam colony, Chathan of Alakkala colony, kannan of Punchakolly colony, Maran of Appankappu, Ambumala Karappan of Malamkund colony, and Chanthootty of Nedunkayam colony lit the traditional lamp to inaugurate the celebration.
In the Thiruvathirakali contest, 15 teams comprising hundred students participated. The first prize winners will get Rs 15,000, and the second prize winners Rs 10,000.