Kerala School Kalolsavam: Asia's Largest Youth Arts Festival Ynderway in Kollam
Kerala School Kalolsavam: Asia's Largest Youth Arts Festival Ynderway in Kollam

Kollam: The vibrant inauguration of Kerala School Kalolsavam, recognized as Asia's largest school-level arts festival, marked the beginning of an exciting event. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan illuminated the ceremonial lamp to kick off this grand affair.

The 62nd edition of the Kerala Youth Festival began in Kollam, offering a massive platform for students across Asia to display their talents. During the festival's inauguration, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan emphasized that these events should be perceived not merely as competitive gatherings but rather as celebrations of children's talents.

Inaugurating at Kollam's ashram maidan on Thursday morning, the 62nd school youth festival commenced around 10 am. Actor Asha Sharath and her dance troupe graced the event with a stunning performance.

Approximately 14,000 young talents are anticipated to participate in this event, slated to conclude on January 8. The HS category girls' Mohiniyatam competition at the main venue is set to initiate the events.

The festival commenced with diverse performances, including Mangalamkali, a tribal dance presented by students from Kasargod. Following this, the CM expressed plans for holding competitions in tribal art forms from the coming year.

Over 14,000 children are poised to exhibit their skills during the five-day-long annual event. Competitions encompassing over 200 art forms will take place.

The inaugural ceremony saw the presence of General Education Minister V Sivankutty, Finance Minister K N Balagopal, Transport Minister KB Ganesh Kumar, Kollam MLA M Mukesh, actors Asha Sharath and Nikhila Vimal, along with senior officials. Asha Sharath enthralled the audience with her dance performance at the opening ceremony.

Feast for 2000 Attendees
The festival's culinary arrangements, helmed by renowned chef Pazhayidom Mohanan Namboothiri, have been designed for 2000 individuals. Despite previous controversies leading Namboothiri to announce his resignation over serving solely vegetarian food, the matter was resolved last year through Education Minister V Sivankutty's intervention.

The golden trophy awarded to the best education district, which was won by Kozhikode last year, was brought in on Wednesday.

This year's Kalolsavam promises a magnificent showcase of talent and cultural diversity, offering students a platform to shine and celebrate their artistic prowess.

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