Book Fair Returns to Thirunakkara

Kottayam’s hallmark-event and hallmark-venue re-joined and is a perfect match. The landscaped ground adds energy to the already active event.


Date: 28th January (Friday) – 6th February (Sunday) 2011
Time: 8.30 am to 8.30 pm
Venue: Thirunakkara Grounds
Entry fee: Rs. 5/- (Free entry for school students)

This year’s floor plan is radically different from the previous years’. Instead of isolated pavilions, this time the stalls are well connected with ample passages in between. Yes, it’s more spacious and dust-free too. This is one of the main reasons that set the Book Fair apart from the other events like the Flower Show where a fixed path is to be followed by the visitors. Once inside the the fair, you can move around freely.

Even when visitors come in large numbers, there is no fuss/rush. People move about and find publishers or books that interests them and stay engrossed. This makes noise and other distractions non-existent.

In all, our Book Fair is a great feel-good event.
See the video below to see what the fair is like this time. Photos follow.

You may read about the 2010 Book Fair or see some interesting book covers from it (links will open in new tab/window).

51st Kerala School Kalolsavam

The 51st Kerala School Kalolsavam (2011) took place during 18-23 January 2011.

Even though the Vandiperiyar incident forced last-minute changes to the schedule, the festival took place flawlessly. One day was cut short, making the 7-day schedule,  a 6-day one. 30 competitions were rescheduled to accommodate this change. Even in this situation, competitions were finished before late night, contrary to the usual past-midnight experiences.

Stages, judging, food & accomodation, transportation were all excellent. There were almost no negative opinion about anything. Which, definitely is a MASSIVE ACHIEVEMENT. There weren’t any controversies either.

All in all, it was a fabulous never-before experience for Kottayam.
We would like to have more of it.
Can’t wait to play host again to such good times.

Listed below are the Kalolsavam content by KP


(Total photos: 65)

See the 25 selected photos

Photos from the Final Day (Day 6) (11 photos)
Photos from Day 5
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Photos from Day 4
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Photos from Day 3
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Photos from Day 2
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Photos from Day 1
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HD Videos

Kathakali (Group)







See the results of competitions at the official site.

Live Video

The event was livestreamed at

Kalolsavam Venues

The event is spread across 17 venues in town: from CMS College High School at Chungom to Girideepam HSS, Kalathilpady. The full list is given below along with a custom Google Map.

The Venue number is in accordance with the Schedule.

  1. Police Parade Ground
  2. Mammen Mappila Hall
  3. Mount Carmel HSS Auditorium, Kanjikuzhy
  4. Mount Carmet B. Ed. College Auditorium, Kanjikuzhy
  5. K. P. S. Menon Hall, Shastri Road
  6. M. D. Seminary HSS Auditorium, K. K. Road
  7. St. Annes HSS Auditorium, K. K. Road
  8. Vidhyadhiraja School Auditorium, behind Baselius College.
  9. Holy Family HSS, Kanjikuzhy (Arabic Sahithyolsavam)
  10. Holy Family HSS Classroom
  11. M. D. HSS Classroom
  12. M. D. HSS Classroom
  13. Girideepam HSS Auditorium, Kalathilpady (Samskritholsavam)
  14. Girideepam HSS Classroom
  15. CMS College HSS Ground, Chungom
  16. CMS College HSS Auditorium
  17. Thirunakka Grounds

Interactive Map

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Download Venue Map (JPG)

Kalolsavam Schedule

Update 2: This post is originally about the 51st Kerala School Kalolsavam that was held in Kottayam.
As an update, details of the Kottayam Revenue District Sports, Revenue District Shasthramela (Science exhibition) and Kottayam Revenue District Kalolsavam is given below:

Revenue District Sports fest – 21st-23rd November 2011 at S. D. College, Kanjirappally
Revenue District Science exhibition24, 25 November 2011 at St. Mary’s Boys’ High School, Kuravilangadu.
Revenue District Kalolsavam6th-9th December 2011 at Kottayam

**End of Update2**

Update: As per the revised schedule, Kalolsavam will start on Tuesday, 18th January.
The procession is postponed to the final day (23rd January).
The competitions that were scheduled for 17th January will be held on different days. Haven’t got the updated schedule as of now.
The revised timings of the postponed competition items are given below the image.
The registration will start on 17th January Morning, as planned earlier.
A simplified inaugural ceremony will be held on 18th Jan (Tuesday) morning at 8.30 8 am and competitions will start at 9.30 am at various stages according to the earlier schedule.

**End of Update**

The programme schedule of Kerala School Kalolsavam is published.
Click the following image to open it in full-size and see the time and venue of each item. (See the list of venues and an interactive map of them.)

Please note that changes might be made in the above schedule by the programme committee. Always try to confirm the schedule, to be completely sure.

Details of competition items which were rescheduled

View the revised timings (PDF, from the official site)

18th January, Tuesday

Mime – K. P. S. Menon Hall
Skit (English, HSS) – Mount Carmel B. Ed. College Auditorium
Patriotic Song (HS, HSS) – St. Annes HSS Auditorium
Veena, Vichithra Veena (HS, HSS) – Vidhyadhiraja School Auditorium
Ottanthullal (HSS, HS – Boys & Girls) – Vidhyadhiraja School Auditorium
Chendamelam (HSS) – Thirunakkara Grounds

19th January, Wednesday

Mohiniyattom (HS) – Police Parade Ground
Recitation (English, HS/HSS) – K. P. S. Menon Hall
Extempore/Elocution (English, HS/HSS) – K. P. S. Menon Hall
Margamkali (HSS) – Mount Carmel B. Ed. College Auditorium

20th January, Thursday

Bharathanatyam (Girls, HSS) – Police Parade Ground
Oppana (HS) – Mount Carmel B. Ed. College Auditorium
Chakyarkoothu (HS, HSS) – Mount Carmel B. Ed. College Auditorium
Kadhakali Sangeetham (HS, Boys & Girls) – CMS CHSS Auditorium

21st January, Friday

Light Music (HS, Boys & Girls) – CMS CHSS Auditorium
Mappilappattu (HS, Boys) – CMS CHSS Auditorium

23rd January, Sunday

Recitation (Malayalam, HS, HSS) – Mammen Mappila Hall

Kalolsavam Draws Near. Preparations Soar.

Note: The factual details given below are subject to change as committees reconsider options.

The works of the Six-level pavilion at the main venue – the Police Parade Ground – will be finished by 7th, Friday.

At Nagampadam Nehru Stadium, works of two food courts have started. These will cater to 4000 participants at a time.

(Tentative) A model of the Champion Trophy will be taken from Ettumanoor to Kottayam, through M.C. Road on an open vehicle on10th January, Monday.

500 NCC Cadets, 500 Scouts, 300 Red Cross volunteers, 150 NSS volunteers are assigned for duty.

300 students are being trained by Police Officials and teachers to help in traffic duty during the Kalolsavam.

24 Hour Dedicated emergency cell at District Hospital. Every venue will have a dedicated medical team. 10 dedicated ambulances will be ready near the Venues.

The Fire & Rescue Units will be on standby, day & night, for all days at the three main venues – Police Parade Ground, Thirunakkara Ground, Nehru Stadium.

Under the District S.P., 13 Dy. S.P.s, 31 Circle Inspectors, 152 Sub Inspectors and 1500 constables will be assigned for special duty.

Public Water Supply system will be completely chlorinated by this week.

Frequent quality checks at hotels and eateries will be enforced.

Waste removal will be done thrice a day from all the venues and the food courts.

35 special buses will run between the venues, food courts and the accommodation spots.

Shops and buildings along K. K. Road will be lit up.

The inaugural procession will start at 2 pm on 17th, Monday from Gandhi Square, Thirunakkara. It will proceed  through the K. K. Road and will reach Police Parade Ground. V. S. Achuthanandan, Hon. Chief Minister, will  inaugurate the Kalolsavam and the first event will start by 6 pm at the main venue.

Work in progress: The Six-level pavilion at Police Parade Ground