Kala Utsav in Bhubnaneswar

Kala Utsav

Bhubaneswar: Kala Utsav is an initiative of the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India. Launched in 2015 by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the national level festival was conceptualised to promote arts in education, by nurturing and showcasing the artistic talent of school students in the country.

The Kala Utsav 2022-23 was inaugurated on 3 January 2023, by the Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. The participants of Kala Utsav 2022 were extremely happy to listen to the encouraging words of the Minister and it was clearly evident from the enthusiasm with which each of them performed during the competitions today.

The jury witnessed enthralling performances by students from the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab and Rajasthan in art forms of Vocal Classical Music, Traditional Folk Vocal Music, Percussive Instrumental Music Melodic, Classical Folk Dance and solo acting.

In visual arts competitions also in 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and Indigenous Toys and Games, students of all states and UT as well as Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti of boys and girls have been engaged in making their creative works which they started to work upon on 3rd January 2023.

Some prominent dance forms which the audience witnessed were Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Bhangda, Dandiya, Lavani, Chailam, DolluKunitha,Ghoomar etc. The colourful attires accompanied by the meaningful props were aesthetically engaging till the end. The musical renditions of Carnatic Music, Bhajans, Jugni, Tappe, Dar Hla, Kirtana, Borgeet, Bundeli folk mesmerized the audience. The fast rhythmic beats kept the jury and audience engaged till the end.

Secondary school students exhibited their talents on the percussive and melodic musical instruments like pakhawaj, tabla, mridangam, ghatam, thavil, khanjira, edakka, chenda, mizhavu, nakkara, sambal, karadi, tala, dimdi, dholak, morchang, badangshi, bhapang, maan, khartal, pung, mandar, dup, sitar, sarod, tambura, sahnai, sarangi, violin,khanjani, veena, harmonium, bansuri, sarod, etc.

The children put up their best performances in traditional attires and the folk-art form of their individual states. Their performances were judged by eminent artists who have come from all over the country.

The competitions will be held till 5 January 2022. The valedictory function will be held on 7January 2023.