Kala Utsav — The Legacy

Theme: “Living Traditional Art Forms(Tribal,Folk and Traditional Art Forms)”

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.

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...

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Role of Honour

Winner teams of National Level Kala Utsav Competition 2015


Prize/Art FormVisual ArtsMusicTheatreDance
1st PrizeAndaman & Nicobar IslandsDelhiHaryanaAssam
2nd PrizeDelhi & HaryanaChhattisgarhAssamDadra Nagar Haveli
3rd PrizeTamil NaduAssam & MaharashtraMaharashtraKarnataka

National KALA UTSAV, 2015 Members of Jury

Jury in Visual Arts:

Prof. Sudarshan Khanna

Professor Sudarshan Khanna is design educator, innovator and consultant. He was Principal Designer, Chairman of Education & Research and Head of Toy Innovation Centre at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India. An internationally acclaimed designer and educator, he has helped establish several new courses and programs, including the Post Graduate Program in Toy & Game Design. He is a pioneer in the research of interesting facets of indigenous toys and design-crafts communities all over India.

He was conferred in the year 1996 National Award for his life time work for design-science among children by Department of Science and Technology. He is recipient of international BRIO Award 2013 for his lifelong contribution for research and innovation for toy design and development in India. Prof. Sudarshan Khanna is the Ex- President of ITRA (International Toy Research Association) and founder Chairperson of “Toys for Tomorrow”- vision-action international forum.

He has been invited by institutes & universities all over the world to present his work on Indian toy design, culture & innovations and to conduct workshops. Author of three books and numerous articles on toy design, culture and creative education, he featured in many educational TV programs. He has been conducting workshops in India and other countries, for teachers, trainers & students, relating value of design methods and creativity as part of innovative learning process.

Prof. Biman Bihari Das

Prof. Biman Bihari Das is an Indian sculptor and former Principal of the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata. He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2014, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his services to the field of Fine Arts.

He developed an intense scholarship of the western techniques of fine art (like portrait making, bronze casting, welding, oil painting, water colors paintings, patina etc. Along with his successful creative endeavors, he have also intensively researched and practiced a very vital form of sculpture as an art- the art of portrait making). He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2014, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his services to the field of Fine Arts.

Prof. Kootalattupurath Chitrabhanu Chitrabhanu

Prof. K.C.Chitrabhanu, Art Historian and art educationist is currently the director of Raja Ravi Varma Centre of Excellence for visual arts of University of Kerala, Mavelikara. He is also chairman of the Board of Studies in Applied Arts of university of Kerala. He has served as Jury for the award of scholarship to young artists by the ministry of culture, Govt.of India (2009,2010,2012,2013) He has also served as expert in the assessment committee of AICTE west Zone(2005,2006).

He had served as research assistant in a UGC funded project and documentation officer before joining the Govt. college of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram and retired as Professor. In 2012 he was appointed the director of the RRCEVA, the centre established by the University of Kerala offering post graduate courses in visual Arts.

He has been associated with academic bodies of various Universities In the country. He has also delivered lectures in several Cultural and Educational institutions. Since past 30 years he has been writing on art related topics and has been active organizing orientation programmes, workshops, convening art exhibitions for school children and common public. He has published series of more than 250 articles introducing art to young in the ‘Indian Express’. He has also published articles, studies, reviews on art and allied topics in various leading English and Malayalam periodicals and news papers which includes ‘The Hindu’, ‘The Indian Express’, ‘Mathrubhoomi’, ‘Manorama year book’(2013&2014). He has authored a chapter in the History of Indian art text book published by N.C.E.R.T. Contributed a paper in the Historical development of contemporary Indian Art 1900-1950, published by Lalitkala Akademi, New Delhi. Conceived, complied and edited the book ‘Further studies on Raja Ravi Varma’ Published by the kerala Lalitha kala academi. Scripted a documentary film on the Mural Paintings of Kerala, Produced by the Department of Archeology, Govt.of Kerala.

Dr. Manisha Prabhakar Patil

Dr. Manisha Patil is a Professor of Art History and former Dean, at Sir. J.J.School of Art Mumbai. An artist, art historian and art educator, she has been active in the field of visual arts for the past three decades. Alumni of M.S. University Baroda, her doctoral research focussed on ‘Digambara Jain manuscripts from Vidarbha’.

Dr. Patil has worked as a curator on exhibitions such as ‘Vinayak Masoji : Shantiniketan and Beyond’ at CSMVS( Formerly Prince of Wales Museum) Mumbai and recently the exhibition Rethinking the Regional’ at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, where she is also a nominated member of the Advisory Committee. Dr. Patil has contributed essays on art in several publications on art and culture including India magazine, Art News and views, Art Journal and numerous exhibition catalogues. A figurative painter, whose themes are based on human situations, particularly children. She has held several exhibitions of her paintings in Mumbai, New Delhi and Calcutta and has served as a jury for major national level art events.

Sh. Mushtak Khan

Sh. Mushtak Khan was born on 3rd May1950. Post Graduate in Fine Arts as well as in Inorganic Chemistry. Started career as Research Officer for Folk, Tribal and contemporary Arts at Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal (M.P.), India. Served Crafts Museum, New Delhi as Deputy Director (Design and Documentation) for more than twenty years. Nominated Member as folk & Tribal Art expert for Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2002 – 2007.

Provided consultancy services to TRIFED Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited for organizing exhibitions of tribal arts, for evaluation of art objects and as designer for conducting Design Development Workshops on tribal paintings.

Associated with National Council of Educational Research and Training(N.C.E.R.T), New Delhi, Central Board of Secondery Education (CBSE), New Delhi, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), New Delhi for development of books on Heritage Crafts of India for Secondary level students.

Associated with Council for Cultural Resources & Training (CCRT), New Delhi for Art & Craft teachers training. Researcher for project on the “Field Research for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage” organized by International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia-Pacific Region (Japan) under the auspices of UNESCO for the years 2011 and 2012.Extensive field work and documentation of tribal and folk arts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Odisha.

Published more than 200 articles on Tribal and Folk Arts.

Jury in Music

Pandit Debu Chaudhri

Pandit Debu Chaudhri is Padma Bhushan & Sangeet Kala Akademi Awardee, Ex. Dean and Prof. of Delhi University, Creator of 8 New Ragas. He has done innumerable International Concerts. He has established Music Department in International Universities. He started UMAK a cultural society which has introduced new & innovative ideas about Music. He has read 45 papers and chaired various international seminars on music. He has also represented India at numerous international cultural festivals.

He is the only Sitar Players' Gharana in India maintaining the oldest tradition of playing Sitar with 17 frets, whereas all others play Sitar with 19 or 20 frets today.

Sh. Laxman Krishnarao Pandit

Sh. Laxman Krishnarao Pandit was born in the renowned family of Musician of Gwalior Gharana. He was a Music Pradhan in All India Radio, Delhi and Professor in Faculty of Music & Fine Arts ,Delhi University. He is recipient of Tagore Ratan Fellowship, Sangeet Natak Akedemi Award, life time achivement award from Karnatak Government, Hafiz Ali Khan award, Sangeet Ratna M.P. Govt. Award, All India Radio Award etc. He has performed over 500 concerts in India & abroad, and has written various books on music.

Pt. Mukund Bhale

Pt. Mukund Bhale started learning Tabla at the tender age of seven from Pt. Yashwant Rao Shirgaonkar of Gwalior. Later on he had done his Post graduation under the guidance of Pt. Gajanan Tadey. A well-known solo tabla artist Mukund Bhale, is also known for his balanced accompaniment and has performed in almost every music festivals of India. He has performed in so many countries in all over the world. He was honoured with Senior Fellowship of H.R.D, Culture Deptt. New Delhi (India) and is known as accompalished Guru. Many students are awarded with scholarship under his tutelage.

Presently he is working as Professor in Tabla and Head, Department of Percussion, at Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidhyalaya, Khairagarh.

Ustad Rehmat Khan Langa

Ustad Rehmat Khan Langa is a traditional folk singer of Rajasthani langa Gharana. He received training by father Ustad Mange Khan and advance training by Ustad Noor Mohd. Allauddin Khan Langa. He received Rajiv Gandhi award & Surmani award. He has performed in India and abroad last 40 years India Abroad. He is Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee.

Sh. Vijay Shankar Mishra

Banaras Gharana Exponent. He has 41 years of experience as a teacher. He has published 8 books in Music. Performed AIR on Music (Tabla). He is Sangeet Shilpi awardee, Sangeet Bhushan awardee, Taan Tarang awardee, Sangeet gaurav awardee.

Jury in Dance

Smt. Ranikhanam

Smt. Rani Khanam is one of the most sensitive and astute interpreters of Lucknow Gharana of Kathak today. As an artist, choreographer and Guru, she always strives for excellence. Her style reflects deep comprehension of the dance tradition which has set new dimensions and source of inspirations to younger generation. The Indian and international art critics consider her an excellent and creative dancer. Rani Khanam is an empanelled artist in “Outstanding category” of the ICCR and “Top graded” artist at the Delhi doordarshan. Rani Khanam is the sole Kathak dancer who braved to dance on Islamic & Sufi verses.

Rani Khanam has been honored with awards: Femina Women - 2014, 5th national women excellent- 2012,New York’s ACC fellowship, Ministry of Culture fellowship etc.

Rani Khanam firmly believes that performing arts should be linked with social issues. She is known for using classical dance to amplify and addressing critical issues of equality & social justice for persons with disabilities and for the rights of women. She has directed many therapeutic dance productions and achieved high degrees.

More than two decades, she has been regularly performing in major National & International Dance Festivals abroad - Russia, U.S.A., U.K, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, UAE, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Sri Lanka, Japan, Germany, Algeria etc. She was invited by King-Queen and Prime minister of Malaysia for her performance. She has collaborated with the living legends of Sufi worlds from many parts of worlds like: Egypt, Turkey, Yemen Iraq, Kenya, Morocco, Indonesia & China.

More than a decade, she has been regularly promoting Indian classical dance amongst youth through lecture demonstrations & workshops. She is a senior artist of Spic Macay & Sangeet Natak academy. She has made valuable contribution to the Dept. of Education in Art & Aesthetics to prepare the dance book for teachers.

Smt. Nisha Mahajan

Well known exponent, teacher & choreographer of Kathak, Nisha Mahajan is the founder trustee of TYAAG, The Yoga and Art group, an organisation committed to integrated art-education. For more than three decades, she has researched deeply into tapping the full artistic potential of the child. Recipient of a Senior Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India, she has evolved a Teaching Methodology Especially Suited to Children Studying Kathak. She is an 'A' grade artiste of Doordarshan, also empanelled with I.C.C.R. As a resource person she has made valuable contribution to the Department of Education in Art and Aesthetics and the Department of Science at NCERT.

Sh. Nelliyode Vasudevan Namboodiri

Sh. Manju Elangbam

Sh. Manju Elangbam, an artist of Manipuri Dance is a recipient of Manipur State Kala Akademi Award (Young Talent), and was a court member of Visva Bharati University (Santiniketan). He is expert in Manipuri Dance form Lai Haraoba (Traditional Indigenous dance form) and Classical Manipuri form (Raas Leela tradition) that is being performed in various festivals Nationally in Khajuraho, Uday Shankar, Nishagandhi, Bhagyachandra, etc. and Internationally such as  Diwali Festival (New Zealand), South Korea, Thailand, France, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Lebanon, etc. He is the only descendant as an artist after his grandfather late Elangbam Anganghal Singh, a great Guru of Sankirtana who was famous for his creative movements and in tradition of various Manipuri Turban making".

Dr. Sandhya Sharma Raman

Dr. Sandhya Sharma Raman born in a family of folk musicians of Hisar Haryana. She is the only lady performer of Swang Shaily. Swang is a traditional Art form of Haryana. She has performed about 300 shows of swang all over India to educate the mass about mythological traditions & historical stories. She is an expert of spic Macay, Sangeet Natak Academy, National School of Drama and many other organizations. She is the disciple of Pt. Lakhmi Chand Gharana. She performs with Dr. Satish Kashyap and is trying her best to revive this traditional Art form of India.

Jury in Theatre

Sh. Balwant Thakur

Born in 1960, Balwant Thakur is the highest Indian honour holder in performing. Conferred with PADAMSHREE, Balwant Thakur is also 'Sanskriti Awardee' ,Duggar Rattan Rabindra Nath Tagore Awardee. Accredited by UNESCO as theatre director he is currently working as Regional Director in Indian Council for Cultural Relations Ministry of Education Affairs, Goa.

Sh. Ningombam Jadumani Singh

A multi-faceted theatre artist, Director, Actor, Playwright, Designer, inherited a natural flavour for the arts and music from his father, Guru (Late) Ningombam Mani Singh an exponent of Manipuri art and culture. Jadumani has been associated with Ratan Thiyam's chorus Repertory Theatre since 1977, and has a good background in theater. Wright four children's plays based on folktales of Manipur to his credit, Jadumani has translated eight plays in Manipuri, including well known theatre exponent Habib Tanvir's 'Charan Das Chor' Andher Nagri Chopat Raja and 'Rashmon'. A visiting faculty member of the reputed National School of Drama, and Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi, Jadumani has trained several theatre artistes in India and aboard. He is actively involved with children's theatre ( Art in moral education) in North East India and completed fellowship project on “Aharya in Manipuri Tradition”. He has received many laurels and awards including the Manipur State Kala Akademi Award in 2008, Manipur Theatre Center Award in 2013. He is presently working as Director, Blooming Culture Academy of Performing Arts, Manipur.

Sh. Satish Anand

Director, Actor, Playwright, Screenplay writer, Designer, Educator & Cultural Advisor (Theatre & T.V), Active on theatre since 1962, Former Vice Chairman of Bihar Sangeet Natak Academy, Patna, former Artistic Director of Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, New Delhi. He has got an enormous experience of 50 years in the field of Acting, Theater and Films and Teaching. He is the member of Theatre Advisory Committee of Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, Member of General Council of Sahitya Kala Parishad, Govt. of NCT Delhi. Jury Member of PrasarBharati Annual Award Committee. He has won many National Award like “SNA Award” By Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. State Awards: “Parishad Samaan” by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Govt of NCT of Delhi. “Rashtriya Kala Puraskaar” by Govt of Bihar. ”Global Film Education Award” by Asian Education Group and many other Awards and Honours.

Evolved a new Theatrical Idiom for Modern Indian Theatre ‘BIDESIA’ based on Lesser-Known Traditional Theatrical Folk Forms of Bihar, LAUNDA NAACH & NAACH PARTIES ( With Special reference to Bhikhari Thakur’s Naach Party ), Traditional Songs, Traditional Music, Traditional Dances, Folk Culture, Life-Cycle, Rituals, Customs, Faith & Belief, Life styles, Habits, Behavior, Festivals & Celebrations etc of Bihar. Format of BIDESIA style consists of Theatrical elements, chosen very carefully from above & creatively used in this style with contemporary & modern sensibility. Bidesia style is a new Theatrical Idiom (Rang Bhasha) of Modern Indian Theatre which works as a Bridge between Rural & Urban Theatre.

Sh. Niranjan Goswami

Sh. Niranjan Goswami founded Indian Mime Theatre. IMT has since done lot of experimentation with this art form. The new form emerged was based on Natyashastra and hence is absolutely Indian. The training method that is developed by Mr. Goswami is also different. The movement, gesture or posture of Indian Mukabhinaya is more intricate and subtle. IMT has been producing both theme and story based short items and full-fledged mime-plays since its inception in 1976. The director of Indian Mime Theatre, Mr. Niranjan Goswami has done TV commercials for reputed Indian brands. Mukabhinaya again for its non-linguistic characteristics can very effectively utilised to launch a new product / service on an all India basis. The recall value of Mukabhinaya will be more for its uniqueness.

Dr. Anirban Ganguly

Dr. Anirban Ganguly is a Member of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development.

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