Dance, Music, Tug-Of-War & More! IISER Thiruvananthapuram Celebrates Onam With Gusto!

IISER Thiruvananthapuram onam celebration
by Shreya Rathod

Throughout Kerala, Onam is celebrated with utmost enthusiasm and enjoyment. Students in schools and colleges decorate the building, arrange for different performances and cultural activities and have a blast! The students of IISER Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala celebrated Onam with gusto and shared their memories on X.

IISER Thiruvananthapuram: Students Celebrate Onam With Dance And Music!

IISER Thiruvananthapuram, AKA Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, is an institute in Kerala that bridges the gap between basic sciences education and research. On the auspicious occasion of Onam, the students organised various events in the college.

Just like every other Indian festival, a beautiful rangoli is a must to start the celebration! The students made rangoli with colourful flower petals which is called athapookalam.

They even organised dance performances featuring some of the classics. And not to forget the uncanny resemblance of the King Mahabali story, which is the essence of Onam.

Also Read: 8 Delicious Onam Dessert Recipes To Relish Kerala’s Traditional Cuisine In Your Own Kitchen

Singari Melam And Tug-Of-War

In addition to the dance and story narration, the students also organised a music performance, Shinkari Melam! In central Kerala, Shinkari Melam, a type of chenda melam (traditional orchestra), has played a significant role in numerous events. Its rhythmic pulses and captivating progression caused listeners to move their bodies in time with the orchestra.

Sinkari melam is a traditional performance of different musical instruments that are native to Kerala. The music of Shinkari Melam is regarded as heavenly and is performed as an essential component of Keralan temple celebrations.

No festival is complete without some fun with friends! The students were also seen indulging in a friendly game of tug-of-war. The pics shared by the institute show students on each side trying to tug the rope while the students cheered for them.

The state-wide Onam celebrations begin with the Atthachamayam procession at Thrippunithura, close to Kochi. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata, among other epics, are frequently depicted on the parade floats. Additionally, several floats promote unity and harmony by using both biblical and contemporary themes.

Also Read: Do You Know A Onam Sadya Meal Brings Shad-Rasa Or Six Tastes Together? Here’s How!

The flower mat-like floral Rangoli is formed from the gathered blossoms, with many flower species of various hues crushed up into tiny bits to design and adorn patterns on the floor.

Cover Image Courtesy: IISER Thiruvananthapuram/ Twitter