Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today addressed the Valedictory Function of Kala Utsav 2020.
Addressing on the occasion, Shri Pokhriyal said that Kala Utsav realizes the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi by giving the right direction and shape to the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’. He appreciated the introduction of the Indigenous Toys and Games segment in Kala Utsav 2020 and emphasized that this promotes ‘Vocal for Local’.
Speaking on the National Education Policy 2020, Union Minister said the policy emphasizes the promotion of arts and culture through education. Kala Utsav 2020 has also incorporated the recommendations of the National Education Policy 2020. Students, when indulging in any form of art, use their imagination and try to realize it and give it life thus turning it into reality. Kala Utsav gives an opportunity to this process. Such opportunities enhance the students’ reasoning, comprehensibility, problem-solving, cognitive, and decisive abilities, which are helpful in the all-round development of the student.
Shri Pokhriyal congratulated all the participants and the organizers for putting up such enthralling performances virtually, in the odd circumstances this year, an achievement unimaginable till a few months back. He expressed his happiness that the unanimous participation of all the states with unparalleled enthusiasm proves once again that India is the epitome of Unity and Diversity which is also her specialty and source of strength.
About Kala Utsav’20:
This year Kala Utsav was launched online on 10 January 2021 through a digital platform. A total of 35 teams have participated in Kala Utsav, from different states, union territories, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti schools where 576 students demonstrated their talent. Out of these participants, 287 girls and 289 boys participated in Kala Utsav including four divyang participants. The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education and National Council of Educational Research and Training have done commendable work. Due to their tireless hard work, Kala Utsav has been successful, even in the circumstances of COVID-19.
In the competitions of Kala Utsav 2020 organized from 11 to 22 January 2021, a total of nine art forms, namely— (1) Classical singing (2) Traditional folk song (3) Classical instruments (4) Traditional/folk instruments (5) Classical dance (6) Folk dance (7) Visual Arts (Two-dimensional) (8) Visual Arts (Three-dimensional) (9) Local games-toys are included. Earlier there were only four art forms in Kala Utsav, now another five art forms have been added to it.
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