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Kala Utsav 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open15-Dec-2017
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EligibilityStudents of Class 9th to 12th
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

Department of Education in Arts and Aesthetics 2nd Floor, G. B. Pant Khand (behind Library) National Council of Educational Research & Training New Delhi-110016 Phone: 011-2611538

What is Kala Utsav 2017?

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has announced Kala Utsav 2017 under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, for secondary-level students in order to promote arts in education by nurturing and showcasing their artistic talent.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Eligibility criteria:

  • Students of class IX to XII of any Government, Government-aided schools and private schools.

How can you apply ?

In order to apply online, follow the steps below:

  • Click on this link.
  • Click on Upload tab (right side corner of the screen).
  • Click on 'Select file to upload'.
  • Select your e-project that you want to upload.
  • Finally, click on Publish tab.




Q. Who is going to judge the performance at National level Kala Utsav?
A. Performances at the National level in Kala Utsav would be judged as per the following:
     a) For every area of arts, there will be a separate jury consisting of three experts.
     b) The Jury members will be drawn from educators/ practitioners/scholars of the respective art forms.
     c) In every Jury (Theatre, Dance, Music and Visual Arts), it is advisable to have one expert having experience of working with          Children with Special Needs (CWSN).
     d)Members of the jury will remain same for all the days of the event. 

Q. Where will the Kala Utsav be organized at the national level?
A. National Level Kala Utsav Competitions shall be held at National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi from 08.12.15 to 10.12.15. The best teams selected by the States / UTs for Kala Utsav only shall get the opportunity to perform here. Award function of National Kala Utsav shall be held at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi on 11.12.15. The best performing teams (First, Second and Third)
in Music, Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts at the National Level shall be awarded in this public function. Public celebration of our Living Art Traditions from different regions shall be held at Central Park, Connaught Place (New Delhi) on 12.12.15, where the
winning teams from different regions will showcase their artistic talent and cultural heritage before the general public.

Q. What arrangements will be made for the participants for Kala Utsav to travel and stay at New Delhi?
A. The States will have to purchase tickets on their behalf for the participants for travelling purpose. This expense will be reimbursed by NCERT. Apart from this, accommodation and food expenses in Delhi will be made by NCERT. The states should send the expenses for the travel to NCERT as soon as the selection is made. 

Q. Who can be contacted regarding any queries of Kala Utsav?
A. The Department of Education in Arts and Aesthetics, NCERT, New Delhi can be contacted regarding any queries of Kala Utsav. The person incharge of Kala Utsav is Prof. Pawan Sudhir, Head, Department of Education in Arts and Aesthetics, NCERT. In case of any queries, you may contact: Ms. Upasana Choudhury (Consultant) – 91-9811431572
Postal address:
Department of Education in Arts and Aesthetics
2nd Floor, G. B. Pant Khand (behind Library)
National Council of Educational Research & Training
New Delhi – 110016
Phone: 011-2611538

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Terms and Conditions

  • Selection will be done on the basis of:
  • 1)  Evaluation of online projects.
    2)  Performance and demonstration cum exhibition in visual arts and traditional crafts.
  • E project will contain research on the selected topic and documentation of its different aspects and will hold  30% weightage in performance.
  • Before the performance, one member of the performing team shall introduce her/his team.
  • Each team shall get only 2 minutes for introducing their performance, which is based on the online project.

Levels of Kala Utsav: 

The following is suggested for selecting best teams at different levels:

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 the block or tehsil level.)
State/UT – Selected teams from district level will participate at this level.
National – This is the final level of Kala Utsav where the best of the entries from State/UTs/KVS/NVS will showcase their talent.


The theme of Kala Utsav 2017 is 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (Living Tradition of Arts – Tribal, Folk and Traditional Art Forms)'.

All art forms in Kala Utsav-2017-18 should reflect traditional art forms of India.

Areas of Art forms in Kala Utsav-2017.




Visual Arts (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Crafts)

Online Art projects (History, Documenting the facts, Documenting the process of practising living traditions, write-up).


Visual Arts : 4 students
Music : 8 students
Dance : 8 students
Theatre : 10 students

Online Art Project

Online art project is an important part of Kala Utsav entry from States/UTs/KVS/NVS to the National Level. The documentation should include the following:

(i) History

  • origin
  • communities involved
  • special occasions
  • costumes
  • its relation with the environment, etc.

(ii) Documenting the facts
(during their field visit to the community or from other sources):

  • taking photographs
  • audios and videos of the community performing this art form
  • taking from the internet, newspapers, magazines, archives, libraries etc.
  • interviews with artists/ artisans and the community involved.

(iii) Documenting the process of practising living traditions for Kala Utsav

  • taking selfies
  • photographs
  • audios/videos of the rehearsals
  • self-interviews and interviews of the teachers/facilitators involved in the process (please avoid long coverage of teachers and authorities)
  • views of the team on how the particular living tradition can be encouraged further, etc.
  • duration of the film/video on online projects should be minimum 6 minutes and maximum 8 minutes.

(iv) Write-up: The holistic view of the particular living tradition by the team in 500 words. 

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