The 16th Malabar Mahotsavam began on the Kozhikode beach with Pradeep Kumar, MLA, hoisting the flag at the venue on Wednesday. District Collector K.V. Mohan Kumar presided. A mehndi fest was flagged off by district panchayat president K. Jameela. Assistant Collector Mir Mohammed’s wife, Zehra, was the first person who had her hands painted. Actor Fahadh Fazil attended the closing ceremony of the mehndi fest. — Staff Reporter

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