Features Friday, January 16, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute| January 16, 2015| 4.22 pm IST The 55th Kerala state school youth festival got off to a grand opening in the town of Kozhikode on Thursday. It's a riot of colours as students from all over the state have descended in Kozhikode to compete with each other in a wide array of events. These state youth festivals have been an inevitable part of the recent cultural and traditional history of Kerala. It is also considered to be one of the biggest cultural events of Asia that packs together an eclectic mix of dance, music and art. About 10,000 young talents from 1048 schools across the state will showcase their artistic skills over next one week. These festivals have also been the launching pads of many artists in the Malayalam film industry. For renowned actors like Manju Warrier, Navya Nair, Vineeth, Kavya Madhavan and many other celebrities these fests had been a prime platform to prove themselves. Manju Warrier was awarded state Kalathilakam twice, the award given to the female artist who secures highest scores in particular fest, for two years. She secured it for the first time in 1992 Courtesy: Media one Navya Nair was Kalathilakam in the Alappuzha District Schools Youth Festival in 2001 and she was well known for her on-stage acting talents. She was also in news headlines in 2001 that she had cried in front of media since that year’s state Kalathilakam was bagged by another actress Ambili Devi. She had also alleged that Ambili Devi was not eligible for the award. Actor cum classical dancer Vineeth has also entered the film industry through school youth fest. He made headlines in the 1980s for his flawless Bharathanatyam dance, while studying in school. He won first prize at the Kerala State Youth festival for four years. He was also given the 'Kalaprathibha' award for best male performers. Kavya Madhavan, the popular actor was also a Kalolsavam darling. She was Kalathilakam at Sub District level many times. Pic courtesy- Various Facebook pages. Tweet

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