OF SCHOOL KALOTSAVAM
God's own country is also a country of diverse festivals. Kerala School
Kalotsavam ia a festival unique in its structure and organisation. The
organisational set up from school level to state level for the conduct
of the Kalotsavam is monitored by Education Department as per the manual
drafted by experts in the field.
back into the history of School Kalotsavam in the last 48 years it is
seen that the Kalotsavam has refined much in letter and spirit. Students
get opportunity to express their talent in school level, sub district
level, district level and at last at state level. When performers reach
state level, perfection reaches its zenith.
1956-57 when the school Kalotsavam began, it had'nt reached any where
near the variety, pomp and the vast canvas which the festival has now
reached. Dr.C.S.Venkiteswaran was the DPI in 1956. He had the opportunity
to participate in the Inter-University festival at Delhi during that
time. This inspired the great visionary to organize a similar festival
at school level and thus he sowed the seed of School Kalotsavam at Ernakulam
SRV High School in 1956. Programme was scheduled for one day and there
were 200 participants. Mid-day meal and tea was served. Participation
was directly from school level.
by year more and more items were included, and number of days of the
Kalotsavam was increased. Number of participants have increased to ten
thousand. From 1956-1957 to 2008-2009 School Kalotsavam has crossed
many mile stones. Now Govt. has active involvement with peoples representatives
from Grama Panchayath level to Corporation Level, Member of Legislative
Assembly to Members of Parliament, Ministers etc. giving all support
for the success of the Kalotsavam. While in 1956-57 there were only
200 participants, in 2008-2009 there are nearly 10,000 participants.
While in 1956-57, it was a business of one day, today it is a festival
of 7 days. The decorative main stage accommodates thousands of people.
Delicious food is prepared for breakfast, mid day meals & supper
for nearly ten thousand participants.
year 1975, when the festival was hosted at Calicut, was a turning point
in the history of School Kalotsavam. Many art forms of Kerala tradition
like Kathakali music, Mohiniyattom, Aksharaslokam etc. got entry to
Kalotsavam for the first time. As a prelude to the Kalotsavam, proclamation
rally was organised in 1975. Later on Margomkali, Kuchipudi, Yakshaganam,
Band display etc. got entry to the Kalotsavam.
the end of eighties, ever rolling Golden Cup of 117.5 sovereign gold
was awarded to the overall winning Revenue District. This Gold Cup was
designed by Chirayankeezhu Srikandan Nair who was an Art Instructor
in Education Department. In the year 2000, Millenium trophy a beautiful
dancing Nataraja trophy was introduced. Today there are numerous trophies,
cash prizes, grace marks etc to the winners. The system of Kalathilakam
& Kalaprathiba was dispensed with to eliminate unhealthy competition.
The festival has a foolproof system to encourage thousands of students
in various Art & Literary forms in each academic year. Perfect time
management, impartial Judgement, on the spot arrangements to dispose
of appeals etc. makes the art festival unique in all aspects. From 2008-2009
it becomes a festival of students from Std.VIII to Plus 2 level.
In a Nut Shell, School Kalotsavam is a Kaleidoscope of Kerala's young
talent in the field of Art and Literature. Each year the venue of the
Kalotsavam is changed from one District to another to ensure the participation
of the people through out the state.