kerala state school festival begins today

The 58th State School Arts Festival, one of a biggest art festival held in Asia has begun today in Thrissur, Kerala.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the five-day festival.

Inspired by the success of the last year’s festival, the authorities have introduced various new things in the festival this year, which are as follows:

  • 24 different venues: The various events under the festival will be organized at 24 different venues and will be a cultural extravaganza
  • Music, dance and art and literature: The event will have music, dance and art and literature fare and is being organized by the Education Department of Kerala
  • 12,000 contestants for the festival: Participation of 12,000 contestants who will compete for honors in 232 events will be there
  • Introduction of grading system: Grading system has been introduced and all participants would be awarded a trophy in order to reduce unhealthy competition
  • Platform for budding artists: The festival will also serve as an avenue for the budding artists to showcase their talent in the field of arts and literature
  • Authorities’ decision to go green: Bamboo badges will be used at the festival to make it plastic free
  • Insurance cover: It is also the first time, participants, teachers, festival organizers and reporters covering the festival will be given insurance cover
  • Reduction in festival’s duration: The authorities have also reduced the festival’s duration from seven to five by increasing the number of venues to 24
  • Addition of 3 new events: This year’s festival will also see the addition of three new events

About the festival:

  • It is an annual event conducted by the state government of Kerala, featuring several art competitions for high school and higher secondary school students of Kerala
  • The festival was started in 1956, and till 2008, it was called as ‘Kerala State School Youth Festival’
  • The event is usually conducted in December-January every year
  • Kerala School Kalolsavam has often helped film-makers to find new talent and fresh faces for Malayalam movies