52nd Kerala School Kalolsavam Thrissur 2012 - concluding ceremony

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THRISSUR: Defending champions Kozhikode won the gold cup, for the sixth time in a row, at 52nd State School Arts Festival in Thrissur on Sunday. Kozhikode's 810 points ensured their victory while hosts Thrissur finished second with 779 points and Malappuram came third with 776 points.

Kanhangad's Durga HS School topped this year too in the higher secondary category with 137 points bettering its previous year's score of 108. The school also finished first in the Sanskrit Kalolsavam with 43 points. In the high school section, Kannur's St Teresa's AIHSS topped with 81points while Iravonkonni's PSVPMHSS won the Arabic kalolsavam with 39 points.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who inaugurated the concluding ceremony, hoped the festival would help participants pave a better future. "This is a stepping stone for all artists for now they will enter the real world of art and culture. The world saw how culturally rich our state is and we are proud that our cultural legacy is safe in the hands of these children," said the chief minister.

Congratulating the winners and participants of Asia's largest youth festival, Chandy said the government would try to find sponsors and provide financial aid to young talents who come from a financially weak background. "I doubt there won't be any festival that can rival ours participants, stages, venues, days and spectators. I hope timely changes in the festival manual and better organizational skills will take this festival to new heights," he said.

Malappuram to host next edition

Education minister P K Abdurab confirmed that 53rd edition of the state schools arts festival would be held in Malappuram. "State government is mooting a festival calendar for the state arts festival starting next year. Discussions are on to include various traditional art forms of Kerala," said the minister, adding the state science festival, sports festival and special kalolsavam will be held at Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram and Thodupuzha, respectively.

The minister said the arts festival website recorded 8 lakh hits during the event. "Last year the number of hits was just above 1.8 lakh. Also, we were able to telecast programmes of six venues in 59 countries across the world. Next edition onwards, we will telecast all competitions through the website," he said.

Minister for cooperation C N Balakrishnan, social welfare minister MK Muneer, MLAs and MPs from Thrissur district, Thrissur corporation mayor IP Paul, deputy mayor Subi Babu, district panchayat president KV Dasan attended the closing ceremony.

Points table

Kozhikode 810

Thrissur 779

Malappuram 776

Kannur 775

Palakkad 769

Kottayam 745

Ernakulam 741

Thiruvananthapuram 735

Alappuzha 708

Kasargod 698

Kollam 688

Wayanad 650

Pathanamthitta 648

Idukki 568
The Times of India