Dubai: Matrix Media and the Kerala Film Producers Association organised the inaugural function of Pearl Awards on Friday. The event was held at West End Park near the industrial area of Qatari capital Doha. The park teemed with Indians for the show, which was held to mark 100 years of Indian cinema and 85 years of Malayalam cinema, the Gulf Times reported on Saturday.
The inaugural function of Pearl Awards was followed by a concert and a series of dances and several film personalities from India entertained the crowd. There were around 50 well-known artists and other people associated with the South Indian film industry. Popular Malayalam actor Mammootty, singer KJ Yesudas, music director Dakshinamoorthy, lyricist ONV Kurup and Bollywood director Priyadarshan were among those stars, who graced stage on the occasion.
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 Artists (MAA), around 40 artists from the association performed at the show.