Kerala State School Youth Festival - 2009


Kerala, God's own country is also a country of diverse festivals. Kerala School Kalolsavam displays the unlimited spirit and joy of the school students in Kerala. In this festival around 10000 students from all the districts in Kerala participate in 72 events. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest of its kind in Asia. This year (2009-10) is the Golden Jubilee year of the Kalolsavam. The venue is Kozhikode, the city of Zamorins.

The golden jubilee Kerala State School Youth Festival got off to a colourful start today, and 9,000 wards from high school and higher secondary school sections across the state would showcase their talent in the week-long cultural extravaganza.
The festival was formally inaugurated by education minister MA Baby at the function presided over by local MLA and state minister Binoy Vishwam.

A colourful procession showcasing the unique cultural traditions of the historic city and other parts of Kerala preceded the inaugural function. Hundreds of people watched the students' procession that began from the Malabar Christian College grounds and culminated at the Mananchira grounds, the main venue of the festival.

The competitions will be held in 16 venues located in 2-km radius of the city. The organising committee this time has made elaborate arrangements to provide food and accommodation to the participating students and teachers accompanying them.

The first School Kalolsavam was inaugurated by the, then Minister for Education, Prof. Joseph Mundassery in January 1957. When the school Kalolsavam began, it had'nt reached anywhere 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 this 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. The programme then was scheduled for one day and there were 200 participants. Mid-day meal and tea were served. Participation was directly from school level.

Year after year more and more items were included, and the number of days of the Kalotsavam was increased. Many art forms of Kerala tradition like Kathakali music, Mohiniyattom, Aksharaslokam etc. got entry into Kalolsavam. As a prelude to the Kalotsavam, proclamation rally was organised in 1975. Later on Margomkali, Kuchipudi, Yakshaganam, Band display etc. were included into the Kalolsavam. Now the number of participants have increased to 10000. The Kalolsavam which was a business of one day in 1956-57, has become a festival of 7 days. The decorative main stage accommodates thousands of people. Delicious breakfast, mid day meals & supper for nearly ten thousand participants is served on these days.

In 1986 Gold medals were introduced for Kalathilakam & Kalaprathibha. A 117.5 sovereign Gold Cup was introduced in 1987 for the District that secured maximum points. In the year 2000, Millenium trophy, a beautiful dancing Nataraja trophy, was introduced. Today the winners are awarded numerous trophies, cash prizes, grace marks etc.

The Kerala School Kalolsavam Manual was introduced in 1992 to give a formal shape to the festival. The practice of selecting Kalathilakam & Kalaprathiba was eliminated to avoid unhealthy competition. In 2009 Higher Secondary kalolsavam was merged with School Kalolsavam to make it bright and colourful.

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 settle appeals etc. make the art festival unique one in all aspects.

Venues of Previous Years
1. 1957 Ernakulam
2. 1958 Thiruvananthapuram
3. 1959 Chittoor
4. 1960 Kozhikode
5. 1961 Thiruvananthapuram
6. 1962 Changanassery
7. 1963 Thrissur
8. 1964 Thiruvalla
9. 1965 Shoranur
1966 Not conducted
1967 Not conducted
10. 1968 Thrissur
11. 1969 Kottayam
12. 1970 Irinjalakkuda
13. 1971 Alappuzha
1972 Not conducted
1973 Not conducted
14. 1974 Mavelikkara
15. 1975 Pala
16. 1976 Kozhikode
17. 1977 Ernakulam
18. 1978 Thrissur
19. 1979 Kottayam
20. 1980 Thiruvananthapuram
21. 1981 Palakkad
22. 1982 Kannur
23. 1983 Ernakulam
24. 1984 Kottayam
25. 1985 Ernakulam
26. 1986 Thrissur
27. 1987 Kozhikode
28. 1988 Kollam
29. 1989 Ernakulam
30. 1990 Alappuzha
31. 1991 Kasargode
32. 1992 Tirur
33. 1993 Thrissur
34. 1994 Kozhikode
35. 1995 Kannur
36. 1996 Kottayam
37. 1997 Ernakulam
38. 1998 Thiruvananthapuram
39. 1999 Kollam
40. 2000 Palakkad
41. 2001 Thodupuzha
42. 2002 Kozhikode
43. 2003 Alappuzha
44. 2004 Thrissur
45. 2005 Tirur
46. 2006 Ernakulam
47. 2007 Kannur
48. 2008 Kollam
49. 2009 Thiruvananthapuram
50. 2010 Kozhikode