While in 1956-57 there were only 200 participants, in 2008-2009 there are nearly 10,000 participants.
While in 1956-57, it was a business of one day, today it is a festival of 7 days.
Each year the venue of the Kalolsavam is changed from one District to another to ensure the participation of the people throughout the state.
Kerala School Kalolsavam has often helped film-makers to find new talent and fresh faces for actors to Malayalam cinema.
Many actors of Malayalam film industry were participants of Kerala school kalolsavams. The venues were named after various trees native to Kerala, this highlighted the go-green initiative taken up by the students and organisers of the festival.
The festivities skyrocketed on 6 January 2018 and Asia's biggest art celebration was inaugurated by Honourable Speaker, P. It was informed that the chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan would not be able to inaugurate the function as he has to attend the state party conference at Kollam.It has been the 9th time, Thrissur has hosted the festival, with the first being a low-profile event in 1962 amid the Indo-China war.The festival concluded on Wednesday, 10 January after hosting 234 events on 24 venues.This was the first Kalolsavam to be held as per the revised manual since 2008.A green protocol, aiming at zero-pollution, was in effect at the festival venues.As many as 8,354 students gained direct wntry to take part in the competitions.However, the number of contestants went above 12,000 since appeals are considered.The decorative main stage accommodates thousands of people.Delicious food is prepared for breakfast, mid day meals & supper for nearly ten thousand participants.Students get opportunity to express their talent in school level, sub district level, district level and at last at state level. This inspired the great visionary to organize a similar festival at school level and thus he sowed the seed of School Kalolsavam at Ernakulam SRV High School in 1956. Year by year more and more items were included, and number of days of the Kalolsavam was increased.When performers reach state level, perfection reaches its zenith. Programme was scheduled for one day and there were 200 participants. Number of participants have increased to ten thousand.