Sept 21st, 2019

St. Thomas

Syro Malabar

5000 St. Charles Rd, Bellwood, IL 60104

Elocution Topics Click Here

Registration Closed!

IMA Youth Festival Program Schedule

For more details contact:


George Panicker 847 -401 -7771


Joy Indikuzhy 847-826-2054

General Convener:

Sunina Moncy Chacko Cell: 847 -401- 1670


Lincy Mathew 224-828-8586


1. Applications should be submitted before September 11th, 2019. Applications received after September 11th, 2019 will not be considered.


2.  The registration fee for each participant per every single item will be $15.00 & the registration fee for each group item will be $10.00 per participant. The fee should be submitted online / manual along with the registration form. The special items fee will be $10  per participant. No registration fee will be refunded after registration and no registration is complete without receipt of payment. Receipt of online payment should be submitted at the registration counter on the day of the Youth Festival. No walk-in registration will be accepted on the day of the youth festival. Checks should be payable to Illinois Malayalee Association. No cash payments will be accepted.


3. Competitions will be conducted in the following 3 age groups. 1. Sub Junior (Kinder Garden to Grade 5), 2. Junior (Grade 6-9), 3. Senior (Grade 10-12) and is based on the school grades of children on the day of the festival. Participants should be permanent residents of Illinois and be current students of any Illinois schools. Other descendants may participate in group items only. 


4. Separate forms and fees are required for group items. Multiple contestants can use one form but need a separate fee for each group member. There must be at least three (3) participants in a group item. 


5. There will be four sections for competitive items. Section A (Dances), Section  B (Non-Dances), section C (Group items) and section D (Special items). Section D is only for kids under 5 years. Kalaprathiba (Male) and Kalathilakam (Female) must win at least one prize from both sections A and B. The winner with the highest points from both these sections will be Kalathilakam and Kalaprathibha. He or she must score more points than any other contestants in single items. Points earned in group items and special items will be not considered for Kalaprathiba and Kalathilakam. In the event of a tie, their points from both group items will be used. If there is no winner from both sections, the person with the highest points from all the single items will be considered for the titles.


6.No contestants can register for more than six single items. Participating in group items and special items will not be counted for this limit. 


7. For any group item, one participant cannot contest in more than once in the same item in the same age category. But they can participate in another age group if age permits. There should be a minimum of 3  participants in the group


8. The first, second, and third prize winners will be awarded 3, 2 and 1 points respectively.


9. IMA youth festival committee reserves the right to make any changes or cancel the venue, order, time and rules and procedures of the competition. Judges decision will be final. Any appeals should be submitted in writing to the IMA youth festival appeal committee after one hour of the release of the result.  In case any dispute arises regarding the festival, the youth festival committee will make the final decision. 


10. No karaoke is allowed for the music competition.


11. No Indian songs allowed for Western Dance 


12. For Malayalam reading competition, the participants should have done their entire schooling in the USA. Three Malayalam passages for reading will be given for reading and the participant will be asked to read one passage chosen by the judges on the spot.


13. All participants should bring the necessary materials needed for their competition. The paper for the drawing will be provided by the organizers. Participants are not allowed to use their own paper. Topics for drawing and coloring will be provided only on the spot. Crayons/color pencils can be used for coloring.


14. For fancy dress background, music and commentaries are permitted with a solo performance.


15. Elocution topics will be published on the  IMA website by September 2, 2019, 


16. As much as possible names of the winners will be announced as and when it will be available on the day of the festival. Kalaprathiba and Kalathilakam trophies will be given on stage on the same day.


17. Maximum time allowed for each item will be as follows:

  • Bharatha Natyam- 10min

  • Folk Dance- 5 min

  • Cinematic Dance- 5min

  • Western Dance- 5min

  • Malayalam Film Song-  5min

  • Malayalam Kavitha- 3 min

  • Fancy Dress- 2 min

  • Classical Song- 10min

  • Elocution- 5 min

  • Smiling Competition- 3 min

  • Malayalam Reading-3 min

  • Group Song - 5 min




1. All participants should report to the assigned area 30 minutes before the competition begins.

2. CD’s must be given to the competition organizers 15 minutes before the competition begins. 3. Participants should adhere to the time limit of items

4. Tentative competition time schedule will be available at the website as and when ready. However, please contact the youth festival conveners for the up-to-date status. 


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