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It is Thiruvonam tomorrow, the tenth and most important day of Onam on the festive calendar, as far as Malayalis are concerned. This is the only festival in the country which is celebrated in Kerala by everyone, irrespective of caste or religion; it's the language which unites all!
In Bengaluru, typically, Thiruvonam is about the traditional sadhya — an elaborate vegetarian lunch spread, with the rest of the festivities scheduled for later, or more convenient days. While most try and have a home-made sadhya, those for whom that isn't convenient, three of the most prominent Malayali associations in town and star hotels are making arrangements. The following weekend, on September 16 and 17, members of Kalavedi will herald Onam with a unique set of cultural activities. Actress Sruthi Hariharan will join other dignitaries at the inaugural on September 16, which will be followed by a grand orchestra led by playback singer Vidhu Prathap and Akhila Anand. The highlight of the programme will be a performance by National Award Winner Surabhi Lakshmi. The second day will have pookkalam and painting competitions, Thayambaka by Udayan Namboodiri and team, sadya, cultural programmes by members and dance performances by Punya Arts.