Kairali Youth Fest 2019, a Cultural Outreach Programme supported by Infosys Foundation and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was the third edition of this annual event. As in the previous year, Kolkata Kairali Samajam organized this event in association with Andhra Association Calcutta and Bharathi Tamil Sangham, Kolkata. The Grand Finale of Kairali Youth Fest 2019 was held at Sarat Sadan, Behala on 7th July, 2019. The evening started with a brief inaugural function – lighting the lamp by Mr. Chandra Mohan, Vice Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He was joined on the stage by Mr. Srinivas Vedula – President, Andhra Association Calcutta, Mr. Balakumar from Bharathi Tamil Sangham and Mr. Suthan Bhaskaran – Sceretary, Kolkata Kairali Samajam.
This was followed by performances by the 2019 award winners, selected contestants from the audition rounds and awardees from previous years. The programme was presented by a team of presenters – Jyotsna Kuchimanchi, Vijitha Vijayan, Anjali Nair, Hridya P Das & Sai Rakshith. The items presented on stage included Instrumental Fusion, Bharatnatyam, Mohiniyattom, Folk Dances, Semi Classical Dances, Group Dances, Songs – Solo and Group, and ended with a high-energy Cinematic Dance performance.
After the performances by the young achievers, it was the time to honour the Judges for Chitrolsavam 2019 and Kairali Youth Fest 2019. Mr. Rajiv Nair, Trustee, Kolkata Kairali Smajam Trust and Mr. Suthan Bhaskaran, Sceretary, KKS presented the judges with mementos.
Next, the Cash awards and certificates to the winners of Chitrolsavam 2019 – the painting/Drawing Competition held in March 2019 in association with T K Padmini Memorial Trust, Tirur, Kerala – were presented by the celebrated artist Mr. Subhabrata Nandi, who also was the Judge for Chitrolsavam in the company of the Sahitya Academy Award winning Malayalam writer Mr.Susmesh Chandroth.
The awards for the Kairali Prathibha Puraskar winners (for the winners in each event) and the Kairali Pratheeksha Puraskar winners (for the runners-up in each event) were presented by Mr. Bijin Krishna IAS, Commissioner, Howrah Municipal Corporation.
The particpation certificates for all particpants were handed over by the judges of Kairali Youth Fest 2019. The awards ceremony was presented by Dr. Deepthy R.
The Organizing team of Kairali Youth Fest 2019 would like to thank Infosys Foundation, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, all the members of the South Indian Community in Kolkata, office bearers of KKS, AAC and BTS and all the volunteers from these organizations for the wonderful support and co-operation received during the event starting with the auditions on 28th April, 2019.
We congratulate all the award winners and look forward to a bigger event in 2020 !
KYF 2019 Organizing Committee