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|Venue: Navarathri Mandapam, Fort Palace Complex, Thiruvananthapuram.
During the auspicious days of the Navarathri Festival in Kerala, the renowned Navarathri Mandapam at the Fort Palace complex in Thiruvananthapuram would come alive with the rendering of classical music. Yes, once again it is time for the prestigious Navarathri Music Festival, a nine-day music fiesta in the capital city.
The festival would be featuring the exquisite kritis (compositions) of Swathi Thirunal, music maestro and the former king of erstwhile Travancore kingdom. Another element that would catch attention of first time visitors is the indigenous acoustic technology used in the venue to amplify the sound. Earthen pots are kept on the ceiling by means of coir ropes with their mouths facing the ground. The pots are of varying sizes and thickness and their mouths are of different measurements. These pots kept at different angles act as sound reflectors and prevent echoes. Also the ambiance on the stage is set by the oil lamps. A sheer indigenous brilliance!
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about a kilometer.
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 6 km.
In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.