a festival of arts

Folk Dance

Indian folk dance is performed to express joy. Folk dance is performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the arrival of seasons, birth of a child, a wedding and festivals. The dance is extremely simple with minimum of steps or movements. The skill and the imagination of the dancer influence the performance.
5 minutes max. duration


Kuchipudi is a classical Indian dance. The performance usually begins with some stage rites, after which each of the character comes on to the stage and introduces him/herself with a dharavu (a small composition of both song and dance) to introduce the identity and set the mood of the character in the drama. The drama then begins. The dance is accompanied by song which is typically Carnatic music. Ornaments worn by the artists are generally made of a lightweight wood called Boorugu. It originated in the seventh century.
10 minutes max. duration


Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular classical dances and belongs to the South Indian state of Tamilnadu. Its antiquity is well established. In the past it was practised and performed in the temples by a class of dancers known as the devadasis. The salient features of Bharatanatyam are movements conceived in space mostly either along straight lines or triangles. In terms of geometrical designs, the dancer appears to weave a series of triangles besides several geometrical patterns.
10 minutes max. duration


This classical dance form of Kerala was first performed by women in temples, over a thousand years ago, as an offering to God, their beloved. The movements may appear simple, but effort is required to capture the grace, suggestive of ocean waves, as seen in goddess Mohini, the Enchantress. This dance form exudes enchantment, grace and passion. Mohiniyattam is a fusion of “Bharathanatyam”and “Kathakali, as it combines the graceful elegance of Bharatanatyam and dynamism and vigour of Kathakali. The performances are done only by women.
10 minutes max. duration


Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the traveling bards in the of ancient northern India known as Kathakars or storytellers
10 minutes max. duration

Cinematic Group

Cinematic dance is the most popular form of group dance with inspiration from Indian Film Industry; this form does not stick to any rules and rigours. The body moves spontaneously and vigorously to the beat, celebrating the joy of celebration. Cinematic dance depicts the joys, passions, ardour, glow and fire of youth. The cinematic dance provides wholesome entertainment to all even if they have no aptitude for classical dance. It follows many Indian folk dance steps and has certainly western elements too.
7 minutes max. duration

Classical Group

Indian Classical Dance is one of the most comprehensive and oldest dance forms in the world. In this Group Dance event one may have one or combined classical dance forms which can be traced to different parts of India like Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudhi, Manipuri etc.
10 minutes max. duration


Thiruvathirakali or Kaikottikaliis a unique dance performed in Kerala on the auspicious days such as Thiruvathira, the birthday of Lord Shiva and Onam. It is performed by women who seek blessings for eternal marital bliss. As per Hindu mythology, this dance is what brought Kamadeva (God of Love) back to life when he had been burnt to ashes by Lord Shiva's fury. The graceful movements of the dance are both enchanting and elegant. The white saris with colourful borders along with fresh jasmines adorning their hair make for a wonderful sight.
10 minutes max. duration (only for age group Super Senior)

Solo Song with Karaoke Music

Singing rejuvenates the soul. Light Music bridges the gap between classical and popular music. It has a strong emphasis on melody. It is designed to appeal to a wider audience than more serious forms of the classical music tradition. At the same time it keeps vocal as the only medium for melody.
Singing along to a music background, especially one from which the original vocals have been eliminated (Karaoke). Recreate the magical moments by singing the song like those we would like to hear them in original sound track of those songs!
7 minutes max. duration


Guitars hold a significant and versatile role across various musical genres, making them one of the most popular and widely used instruments. In genres such as Indian music, flamenco in Spain, and various Latin American styles, the guitar is an integral part of the musical fabric.
7 minutes max. duration


The keyboard's journey extends beyond Western classical and contemporary genres, including a significant presence in the vibrant and diverse musical traditions of India. From its classical roots to its pivotal role in the development of jazz, blues, rock, and electronic music, the keyboard has left an indelible mark on the global music landscape.
7 minutes max. duration


Violins are important instruments in a wide variety of musical genres. They are most prominent in the Western classical tradition, both in ensembles and as solo instruments. Violins are also important in many varieties of folk music, including country music, bluegrass music, and in jazz. The violin has come to be incorporated in many non-Western music cultures, including Indian music and Iranian music.
7 minutes max. duration

Group Song

Singing along to a music background, especially one from which the original vocals have been eliminated (Karaoke). Recreate the magical moments by singing the song like those we would like to hear them in original sound track of those songs!
7 minutes max. duration (only for age group Super Senior)

Short Film

For the Short Film competition, there will not be any age restrictions. The online registration on or before last date of registration is mandatory for short film competition. It is not mandatory for the participants of the short film competition to be present at the Kalamela venue. But the registration fee CHF 25.- per each entry should be remitted at the time of registration. Short film shall not be older than 6 months, as on the date of submission. The maximum duration of the film should not exceed 5 minutes. English, German or any Indian languages may be used. If the language is other than English, subtitles in English should be integrated in the film, in real time mode, as a supplementary requirement. The film must not be a copy of any existing medium and must not violate any Copyright laws (privacy rights, pornography, crime, religious or political emotions, etc.). Animations and innovative techniques may be used. Keli will not be held responsible for any violations committed against the rule mentioned in this clause. Only one film per participant will be accepted. Keli reserves the right to use or publish the prize winning Short Films. Short Films for the competition should reach the Registration Committee Convenor on or before 27th April 2024 (Upload to Google Drive and send link to the registration convener is the preferred option).For Public voting and judges we require a version of the video without names cast, director or anything that can reveal the identity of the participant of the event.
The first prize winner of the Short film will be awarded a cash prize of 10000₹ in addition to the trophy.

Photography competition

For the Photography competition, there will be no age restrictions. The photos submitted for the competition should be an impression of any happening at the Kalamela 2024 venue. It should be submitted to the Registration Committee Convenor on or before 4:00 pm on first day of Kalamela. The participants can transfer the images through any accepted medium (as defined by the Keli registration committee). Only for this event the registration is open until 4:00 PM on the first day of Kalamela. Keli shall not be responsible for any technical issues or delays related to image transfer. Keli reserves the right to use or publish the prize winning photos.

Open Painting

For the open painting competition, there will be no age restrictions. Participants should register under the “Media Registration” on www.kalamela.com. Keli Switzerland shall hold the right to publish selected Works of Art and shall not be held responsible for any violations committed against the rules mentioned. The Art work (Painting) should be done on A3 size white Art-Paper only. The participant may submit only one painting. Creative, individual reflections and expressions in the designs are expected from the participants. Being an open event, there will be no restrictions on the time or venue. The theme for the 2024 Kalamela Painting Competition will be given before 3 weeks of Kalamela. The presence of the participants is mandatory while submitting the “Original Hand work” to the Registration Committee Convenor on first day of Kalamela before 2.00 pm.


Embark on a cultural journey through your 30-60 second reels. Reflect your vision of culture through dance, art forms, music, sights and sounds that best represents the kaleidoscope of Indian art forms in the vibrant tapestry of Kalamela. Unleash your creative skills and be part of this unique competition.
30 – 60 seconds.


Elocution is the art of clear and concise manner of speaking, with clarity of meaning and thought. Elocution originates from the word ‘eloquence’ – fluent, elegant or persuasive speaking. It is the knowledge of expressing strong emotions in striking and appropriate language and with the power of persuasion.
5 minutes max. duration

Fancy Dress

Fancy Dress Competition is an exciting experience for children. Children come dressed in their colourful costumes for each theme and speak a few sentences on the character that they depict. All children like to win, but only the best ones can win the prize.
2 minutes max. duration

Story Telling

Tell a great story combination of oral narrative, gestures, expressions and dance, which bring understanding and meaning of human existence through remembrance and enactment of stories. The theme of the story should be the introduction and the moral of the story should be the conclusion
5 minutes max. duration (only for the age group minis)

Mono Act

Mono Act is when you enact different characters, using different tones, styles, dialogue delivery, expressions, etc. There is no need of wearing costume according to character, but each character should be expressed differently.
5 minutes max. duration

Pencil Drawing

Pencil drawing art is perhaps the most expressive of all art forms. Realistic pictures are reproduced with almost exact likeness to the subject at hand. To master the pencil drawing art and to be a professional in this field is a rewarding experience.
60 minutes max. duration