a festival of arts

Folk Dance

Indian folk dance is performed to express joy. Folk dance is performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the arrival of seasons, birth of a child, a wedding and festivals. The dance is extremely simple with minimum of steps or movements. The skill and the imagination of the dancer influence the performance.
5 minutes max. duration


Kuchipudi is a classical Indian dance. The performance usually begins with some stage rites, after which each of the character comes on to the stage and introduces him/herself with a dharavu (a small composition of both song and dance) to introduce the identity and set the mood of the character in the drama. The drama then begins. The dance is accompanied by song which is typically Carnatic music. Ornaments worn by the artists are generally made of a lightweight wood called Boorugu. It originated in the seventh century.
10 minutes max. duration


Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular classical dances and belongs to the South Indian state of Tamilnadu. Its antiquity is well established. In the past it was practised and performed in the temples by a class of dancers known as the devadasis. The salient features of Bharatanatyam are movements conceived in space mostly either along straight lines or triangles. In terms of geometrical designs, the dancer appears to weave a series of triangles besides several geometrical patterns.
10 minutes max. duration


This classical dance form of Kerala was first performed by women in temples, over a thousand years ago, as an offering to God, their beloved. The movements may appear simple, but effort is required to capture the grace, suggestive of ocean waves, as seen in goddess Mohini, the Enchantress. This dance form exudes enchantment, grace and passion. Mohiniyattam is a fusion of “Bharathanatyam”and “Kathakali, as it combines the graceful elegance of Bharatanatyam and dynamism and vigour of Kathakali. The performances are done only by women.
10 minutes max. duration


Kathak is the major classical dance form of northern India. The word “Kathak” means "to tell a story". It is derived from the dance dramas of ancient India. When the patronage shifted from the temples to the royal court, there was a change in the overall emphasis, narration of religious stories to entertainment stories. Today, the story-telling aspect has been downgraded and the dance is primarily an abstract exploration of rhythm and movement. The chosen music must adhere to the classical style Kathak. The dance items should depict performances from a classical dance repertoire. The costumes in Kathak category must depict the classical dance style appropriately.
10 minutes max. duration

Cinematic Group

Cinematic dance is the most popular form of group dance with inspiration from Indian Film Industry; this form does not stick to any rules and rigours. The body moves spontaneously and vigorously to the beat, celebrating the joy of celebration. Cinematic dance depicts the joys, passions, ardour, glow and fire of youth. The cinematic dance provides wholesome entertainment to all even if they have no aptitude for classical dance. It follows many Indian folk dance steps and has certainly western elements too.
7 minutes max. duration

Classical Group

Indian Classical Dance is one of the most comprehensive and oldest dance forms in the world. In this Group Dance event one may have one or combined classical dance forms which can be traced to different parts of India like Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudhi, Manipuri etc.
10 minutes max. duration

Solo Song without Karaoke Music

Singing rejuvenates the soul. Light Music bridges the gap between classical and popular music. It has a strong emphasis on melody. It is designed to appeal to a wider audience than more serious forms of the classical music tradition. At the same time it keeps vocal as the only medium for melody.
5 minutes max. duration

Solo song with karaoke music

Singing along to a music background, especially one from which the original vocals have been eliminated (Karaoke). Recreate the magical moments by singing the song like those we would like to hear them in original sound track of those songs!
7 minutes max. duration

Super Short Film

The winner of the short film event will be presented with a cash award of 25000 INR. The online registration on or before last date of registration is mandatory for short film competition. Last date for submitting the short film is 20th May 2017. It is not mandatory for the participants of the short film competition to be present at the Kalamela venue. All participants must pay the registration fee of Rupees 2000/- or 25 CHF through online banking and submit the payment confirmation on or before 20th May 2017 via email to the registration committee in charge. Otherwise, their entries will not be considered for any awards. For the Super Short Film competition, there will not be any age restrictions. Short film shall not be older than 6 months, as on 1st March 2017. The maximum duration of the film should not exceed 5 minutes. English, German or any Indian languages may be used. If German language is used, subtitles in English should be integrated in the film, in real time mode, as a supplementary requirement. The film must not be a copy of any existing medium and must not violate any applicable laws (privacy rights, pornography, crime, religious or political emotions, etc.). Animations and innovative techniques may be used. Keli will not be held responsible for any violations committed against the rule mentioned in this clause. Super Short Films for the competition should reach the Judgement Committee Convenor on or before 20th May 2017 (Upload to Google Drive and send link to the registration convener is the preferred option). Only one film per participant will be accepted. Two copies of the short film need to be submitted; one for the judgement committee only with Title (name of the film) and second with all relevant information. There will also be a JANAPRIYA AWARD to be won, based on public voting. For Janapriya award, the presence of participants at the Kalamela venue is expected. Keli Switzerland reserves the right to publish the selected films.

Photography competition

For the Photography competition, there will be no age restrictions. The photos submitting for the competition should be an impression of any happening at the Kalamela 2017 venue. It should be submitted to the Judgement Committee Convenor on or before 04:00 PM on 4th June 2017 (final day of Kalamela 2017), saved to a USB stick or an SD card. The participant may submit only one photo and the submitting medium should have only one photo saved on it. The participants can also transfer the images through WhatsApp/Bluetooth to the judgement committee in charge, from their registered mobile numbers given during the online registration. Strictly one photo per participant shall be accepted. Keli shall not be responsible for any technical issues or delays related to image transfer through WhatsApp/Bluetooth. The contact number for WhatsApp shall be provided at the registration desk upon the confirmation of registration. It is the responsibility of the participants to ensure that the photos reach the registration in charge before 04:00 PM. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions to be won. There will also be a JANAPRIYA AWARD to be won, based on public voting. The copyright of the submitted photos belong to Keli Switzerland

Open Painting

The Art work (Painting) should be done on A3 size white Art-Paper only. The participant may submit only one painting. Creative, individual reflections and expressions in the designs are expected from the participants. For colour application, participants shall use water colour medium or any mixed media of their choice except oil colour medium. Being an open event, there will be no restrictions on the time or venue. The theme for the 2017 Kalamela Painting Competition is “GLOBAL WARMING”. The presence of the participants is mandatory while submitting the “Original Hand work” to the Judgement Committee Convenor on 03.06.2017 before 2.00 PM. For the open painting competition, there will be no age restrictions. Participants should register under the “Media Registration” on There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions to be won. This event will not be considered for the Kalamela Special Awards (Kalathilakam, Kalaprathibha, Keli Kalaratna and Fr. Abel Memorial trophies). There will also be a JANAPRIYA AWARD, based on public voting, to be won. Keli Switzerland shall hold the right to publish selected Works of Art and shall not be held responsible for any violations committed against the rules mentioned.



Elocution is the art of clear and concise manner of speaking, with clarity of meaning and thought. Elocution originates from the word ‘eloquence’ – fluent, elegant or persuasive speaking. It is the knowledge of expressing strong emotions in striking and appropriate language and with the power of persuasion.
5 minutes max. duration

Fancy Dress

Fancy Dress Competition is an exciting experience for children. Children come dressed in their colourful costumes for each theme and speak a few sentences on the character that they depict. All children like to win, but only the best ones can win the prize.
2 minutes max. duration

Story Telling

Tell a great story combination of oral narrative, gestures, expressions and dance, which bring understanding and meaning of human existence through remembrance and enactment of stories. The theme of the story should be the introduction and the moral of the story should be the conclusion
5 minutes max. duration (only for the age group minis)

Mono Act

Mono Act is when you enact different characters, using different tones, styles, dialogue delivery, expressions, etc. There is no need of wearing costume according to character, but each character should be expressed differently.
5 minutes max. duration

Pencil Drawing

Pencil drawing art is perhaps the most expressive of all art forms. Realistic pictures are reproduced with almost exact likeness to the subject at hand. To master the pencil drawing art and to be a professional in this field is a rewarding experience.
60 minutes max. duration

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