To preserve the rich culture and art forms of Kerala, the state plays host to the 13th edition of Utsavam 2021. Organized by Kerala Tourism along with Kerala Folklore Academy, Bharat Bhavan, and District Tourism Promotion Councils. The festival brings alive Kerala’s rich and diverse folk and ritualistic art traditions in 30 venues across the state, the 7-day annual cultural festival ‘Utsavam 2021’ started on a colourful note on February 20.Also Read - 61 Percent Indian Travellers Prefer to Go Local And Explore Domestic Destinations: Survey

Hundreds of artistes, representing a variety of folk, tribal and ethnic traditions that flourished in different parts of the state would perform during the 13thedition of the event. Also Read - Only 29% People Get Full Cancellation Refund from Airlines During Covid Third Wave, Reveals Survey

State Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran would inaugurate the festival, an official statement said here. Leading folklore artistes would be honoured at the function with the Utsavam Puraskaram. They include T K Baby (Onamkali Pattu), Pramod TA (Pattu& Kaalakali), Padmanabhan TR(Ambatheeradikalari), Sudarshanakumar T (Padayani), Bindu Pazhur (Mudiyettu), Malathi Balan (Uralikoothu), Rajamma A (Pooppada Thullal), K Kunhi Koran (Poorakkali),Dineshan Thekkankooran Peruvannan (Theyyam) andUmbichi K (Mangalam Kali), the statement said. Also Read - Hong Kong Airport Bans Transit Travellers From 153 Countries, Including India Amid Rising COVID Cases

The festival aims at providing a platform to performers of folk arts many of which are on the verge of being pushed into oblivion. The event comes as a big support to artistes hit by the recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the statement added.

The God’s Own Country, Kerala, is known for its mesmerising backwaters, ecotourism initiatives, scenic beauty, stunning beaches and its cuisine.