Dubai: The inaugural Pearl Awards function, organised by Matrix Media and the Kerala Film Producers Association, was held at West End Park near the industrial area of Qatari capital Doha.

The Park on Friday teemed with Indians for the show, which was held to mark 100 years of Indian cinema and 85 years of Malayalam cinema, a daily reported on Saturday.

Apart from the awards, a concert and a series of dances by film personalities from India entertained the crowd.

There were around 50 well-known artistes and other people associated with the southern film industry in India.
Among those present were popular Malayalam actor Mammootty, singer KJ Yesudas, music director Dakshinamoorthy, lyricist ONV Kurup, and Bollywood director Priyadarshan.

Minister MK Muneer of the Indian state of Kerala and former Kerala minister and actor KB Ganesh Kumar were also present.

According to Edavela Babu, secretary of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes, around 40 artistes from the association performed at the show.


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