Saras Mela has been kickstarted at Kottayam. Shri. M. B. Rajesh, Minister, Local Self-Government and Excise Department, Government of Kerala inaugurated the Saras Mela being organized under the leadership of Kudumbashree at Nagampadam Ground, Kottayam on 15 December 2022. The Minister said that Kudumbashree has become a role model that no one can ignore through its activities for the quarter of a century.
Shri. V.N. Vasavan, Minister of Co-operation, Culture and Registration, Government of Kerala presided over the function. He said that a 'mini' India can be seen in Kottayam through Saras Mela and Saras Mela is a great initiative that uphold nationalism. Shri. Thiruvanjoor Radhakrishnan, MLA, Adv. Sebastian Kulatungal Chief Guests of the function. Dr. P.K. Jayasree, District Collector, Kottayam presented the topic. Shri. Jafar Malik IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree welcomed the gathering.
Ms. Nirmala Jimmy, District Panchayat President, Kottayam, Ms. Binsi Sebastian, Chairperson, Kottayam Municipality, Ms. Safna Nasiruddin, Sub Collector, Kottayam, Shri. Ajayan K. Menon, Secretary, Grama Panchayath Presidents Association, Ms. Cincy Parel, Kottayam Municipal Councilor, Ms. Ajitha Gopakumar, Ms. P.G. Jyothimol, Chairpersons, Kottayam Municipal CDSs delivered the felicitations. Shri. Abhilash K. Divakar, District Mission Co-ordinator, Kudumbashree Kottayam District Mission delivered the vote of thanks.
The Saras Mela was started with a colorful procession from Kottayam Police Parade Ground to Nagampadam Ground at 2.30 PM. The procession was accompanied with Shinkari Melam, Panchavadyam, Nasik Doll and Band Music, and also colorful art forms like Theyyam, Mayilattam, Garudan, Kottakkavadi, Attakavadi etc. Ten thousands of people have lined up in the procession.
After the opening ceremony, various art programs were also staged. Organized as part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), Saras Mela showcases a wide variety of products from entrepreneurs from all states of India. There is also an India Food Court where one can get flavors from different states. The Saras Mela will come to an end on 24 December 2022.