This year’s Onam festivities draw to a close tomorrow...

The resurgence made by the State after two devastating floods, achievements in various spheres and the different facets of Kerala culture, history and tradition will be the highlight of the colourful pageantry that will bring down the curtains on the week-long government-sponsored Onam celebrations here on Monday.

As many as 70 floats (mobile display platforms) and 85 tableaux from Central and State departments, public and private institutions and the cooperative sector will add charm to the pageantry. Nearly 2,000 artists will take part in the pageantry to exhibit 84 art forms.

Artists from Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka will present art forms of their States as the pageantry moves along the arterial road to East Fort. The event will give a pan-India touch to the programme.

Governor Arif Mohammad Khan will flag off the pageantry being organised by Kerala Tourism at a special pavilion that will be erected on Manaveeyam Road, near Keltron Junction, at 5 p.m.

Minister for Tourism, Cooperation and Devaswom Kadakampally Surendran will hand over the musical instrument ‘kombu’ that proclaims the commencement of the procession, which will then wend its way through the main thoroughfares of the city for the next two hours.

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