National Kala Utsav - 2015
About Kala Utsav
Kala Utsav is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resource
Development (MHRD) to promote arts in education by nurturing and showcasing the
artistic talent of school students at the
secondary stage in the country.
As an effort to mainstream students with special needs
(differently-abled and from diverse socio-economic backgrounds) and celebrating
their abilities, Kala Utsav is envisaged as a fully integrated platform. It
would provide an opportunity and favourable environment to nurture and showcase
their talents and help in making learning more concrete, creative and joyful.
Kala Utsav will be a pioneering celebration of art forms in
the school system and shall continue as an ongoing programme. The district/
state/national-level utsav is structured as an art festival which will include
performances and display of exhibits along with their online art projects
(e-project). The design of Kala Utsav will help students explore, understand and
showcase living art traditions. Through Kala Utsav, students will get the
opportunity to understand and celebrate cultural diversity at school, district,
state and national levels. The Kala
Utsav will not only spread awareness among students, but also create awareness
of India’s cultural heritage and its vibrant diversity amongst other
stakeholders. Further, this will help to
promote the networking of artists, artisans and institutions with schools.
Kala Utsav—the Legacy
Kala Utsav will enhance the life-skills of the participants
and prepare them as carriers of culture. Children are the seeds of the future
and therefore our schools will become the laboratory of tomorrow’s India. Kala
Utsav will help in identifying and understanding our diverse tangible and
intangible cultural expressions. Kala Utsav is not a onetime activity but the
beginning of a complete process of identifying exploring, understanding,
practising, evolving and showcasing the artistic experience.
Once part of the process, the participants will not just
perform pieces from their living traditions only, rather they will live that
cultural experience while documenting 'online art project' as part of their Kala
The online art project (e-project) involves research on the
selected topic and documentation of its different aspects. These e-projects will
emerge as an empirical data-base on cultural mapping of the country. The
database can further help us create a repository of artistic and cultural
resources and the legacy continues.
The participation in the e-projects for Kala Utsav would
involve exploration of multiple resources for researching and documenting. This
in turn would promote team work and
collaboration rather than relying on individual means or resources.
Theme: Living Traditions of Art (Tribal, Folk and Traditional
The theme of Kala Utsav includes living traditions of tribal, folk and
traditional arts of different regions…
General Guidelines for Kala Utsav
Teams of students from classes 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of
any Government and Government-aided school.
Levels of Kala Utsav
States/UTs shall select the best teams for participating at
the National Level. The following is suggestive:
District – This is the first level of Kala Utsav, where
all schools can send their entries. (If appropriate and convenient, The
State may opt to have Kala Utsav at block or tehsil level.)
State/UT – Selected teams from districts level will
participate at this level.
National – This is the final and culminating level of
Kala Utsav where best of the State/ UT entries will showcase their talent.
The minimum and maximum number of students recommended in
different teams for National Level are:
Department of Education in Art and Aesthetics NCERT, G.B.
Pant Block, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110016
011- 26511538 (Office, DEAA, NCERT)