Delhi Government is all set to conduct its own Kala Utsav for all the government schools located within the region of Delhi. The same has been done in lieu of National Kala Utsav which was launched by Ministry of Human Resource Development. In National Kala Utsav, activities on initial level are to be held in schools, then at district level and then further on state and national level.
The three-day state level competition in extracurricular activities was inaugurated by education secretary Punya Salila Srivastava on October 14, 2015. The theme of the competition is ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ while the theme for national level Kala Utsav is Living Traditions of Art (Tribal, Folk and Traditional Art Forms).
On the very first day itself, a high participation on the part of school and candidates was witnessed. Somewhere around 904 entries involving 6,467 participants from schools were received. The initiative has been undertaken with an aim to promote arts in education by nurturing and showcasing the artistic talent of school students at secondary stage in country. The four fields of extracurricular activities covered in competition includes dance, theatre, music and fine arts.
National-level Kala Utsav will be conducted at National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi from 8 December to 10 December. National award function shall be held at Siri Fort Auditorium on December 11, 2015. Celebration of arts (with award winning entries at national level) in the Central Park (Connaught Place) will be organized on 12 December for general public.
As per the statement released, “The Kala Utsav was inaugurated at Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, New Police Line, Kingsway Camp.” Further the statement added, “Best entries in each of the four events will take part in the national level event later this year.”
The Prize money decided for first, second and third winner on national level is Rs. 5,00,000, Rs. 3,00,000 and Rs. 2,00,000. The decided amount will be divided into four art forms equally i.e. theatre, dance, music and visual art.