Malappuram: The 53rd State School Arts Festival, tipped to be the largest such in Asia will kick off in the district on Monday.
A. Shajahan, Director of General Education Department will hoist the flag at 9.30 a.m. A cultural procession will be taken out from the Malappuram Kottappady Stadium, from 2.30 p.m.
Chief Minister Ommen Chandy will inaugurate the week-long fete at the MSP Parade Ground on Monday evening. Minister for Education P.K Abdurabb will preside over the function. Union Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahmed will be the chief guest.
Leader of the Opposition V.S Achuthanandan will inaugurate the valedictory session on January 20 afternoon.
Competition will be held in 232 events, including 14 new items introduced this year at 18 venues.