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About Kala Utsav

  • Kala Utsav is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) launched in 2015 and would be an annual event which aims to promote arts in education by nurturing and showcasing the artistic talent of school students at the secondary stage in the country.
  • Through Kala Utsav, Students can show their talent in the field of Theatre, Music, Dance and Visual Art.
  • The activities will begin with schools conducting and identifying talents to represent it at District level and then further on the state and national level.
  • Students will not only get an opportunity to perform pieces from their living traditions but also they can live the cultural experience while documenting Online Art Projects.
  • THEME: Living Traditions of Art (Tribal, Folk and Traditional Art Forms)
    • Some Examples of Living Traditions - In THEATRE
      • Ramleela
      • Jatra
      • Suwang
    • Some Examples of Living Traditions - In MUSIC:
      • Pulluvan Paattu
      • Mand
    • Some Examples of Living Traditions - In DANCE:
      • Cheraw dance
      • Rouf Dance

Organisation of Kala Utsav at the National Level

  • National Level Kala Utsav will be conducted from December 8, 2015 to December 10, 2015 at National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi.
  • The National Award function shall be held at Siri Fort Auditorium on December 11, 2015
  • The celebration of arts (with award winning entries at National level) in the Central Park (Connaught Place) will be organized on December 12, 2015 for the general public.

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Kala Utsav Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region All India 
Class/ Age Class 9 - 12
  • Candidates should be student of Government or a Government-aided school
  • Areas of Art eligible for the Kala Utsav by MHRD
    • Music
    • Dance
    • Theatre
    • Visual Arts (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Crafts)
  • There shall be only one entry from each area of art from each State/UT for the Kala Utsav at National Level.

Kala Utsav Reward

Kala Utsav Reward


Amount Payable

First prize

Rs. 5,00,000

Second prize

Rs. 3,00,000 

Third prize

Rs. 2,00,000

The money in each award will be divided into four art forms equally i.e., Theatre, Dance, Music, and Visual Art.

Kala Utsav Application form and Process

Kala Utsav Application Process

The minimum and maximum number of students who can participate in different teams for National Level are:


No. of Students 

Visual Arts

4- 6 students


6- 10 students


8- 10 students


8- 12 students

Interested candidates can participate only via their schools

Kala Utsav Selection Process

Kala Utsav Selection Process

Levels of Kala Utsav

States/UTs will select the best teams for participating at the National Level.

  • District – This is the first level of Kala Utsav. At this level 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.

Criteria for Identifying Artistic Talent in Dance

Criteria for Identifying Artistic Talent in Music

Criteria for Identifying Artistic Talent in Visual Arts

Criteria for Identifying Artistic Talent in Theatre

Judging Panel

  • There will be a separate Jury consisting of three experts to examine every area of arts.
  • The Jury members will be drawn from educators/ practitioners/ scholars of the respective art forms.

Kala Utsav Address

Department of Education in Art and Arestheics
NCERT, G.B. Pant Block, Sri Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi-110016

Kala Utsav Contact Details

011- 26511538 (Office, DEAA, NCERT)

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