Mimicry and Kathaprasangam were crowd pullers in Kerala State School Kalolsavams for decades but repetitive concepts in these performances have been eroding their popularity for the last many years.
Almost all the Kathaprasangams at 57th Kerala State School Kalolsavam dealt with social issues, but reviews say that very few among them were unique in concept.
Most of the stories spoke about moral values and societal issues like money fraud, rape and murder.
Some stories were about terrorism and some others spoke about patriotism. For the last several years, the Kathaprasangams have witnessed similar concepts. Sexual threats faced by women in the society as well as cheating and fraud cases, are the main themes in most Kathaprasangams.
The mimicry competition for girls also had a similar complaint that the themes and concepts lacked originality and creativity. These included the Suprabhatam song, sound of fireworks, train and dog barking sounds.
Both the events were held on Wednesday.