An Introduction

‘Celesta International’ is a mega ‘cultural festival’ organized by CMS, Aliganj Campus I, Lucknow, India. India is a land of various cultures and traditions. Unity in diversity is the beauty of our homeland. It is pertinent to mention that the need for ‘Celesta International’ was felt when it was realized that modernization is diminishing the traditional forms of culture and art. Therefore, it is our duty to preserve our rich cultural heritage for the upcoming generation. Keeping this in mind this International fest is designed. Our rich cultural heritage has been a source of inspiration for all of us. The cultural teams of various countries and schools would blend to evolve a combined global culture.

Since its inception, this event has achieved a huge success and witnessed many national and international talents of several schools of different Countries of the World and various States of India.

Celesta International’, a ‘4 day ’ ‘Cultural Fiesta ’, …

  • plays a pivotal role in promoting rich ‘cultural heritage’ of different parts of the Globe.
  • provides a platform for budding artists to showcase their talents, skills and abilities.
  • offers an excellent opportunity to children to expand their vistas and broaden their horizons so that they work together to develop a combined global culture.
  • aims at preserving our rich culture and tradition by stimulating the minds of children to express, expand and explore the world through a variety of performing Arts such as Music, Dance, Drama, Painting, etc.

It is apposite to share that all events, programmes and competitions are held with a spirit of camaraderie and bonhomie among different teams representing different parts of the globe.

It would perhaps be appropriate to inform you that City Montessori School is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest school in a single city now over 56,000 students. At City Montessori School we believe and practice that the world is but one country and mankind its citizen. For 60 years we have been teaching our children about world unity and putting it in practice. City Montessori School is a school to experience and Celesta a unique platform for the youth of the world to interact, open new vistas and widen horizons.

Letter of Invitation

Dear Principal,

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the XIII International Cultural Competition Celesta 2020, organized by City Montessori School, Aliganj Campus I (Sector-O), Lucknow. Celesta is an internationally acclaimed competition held every alternate year with the aim of promoting cross- cultural interactions and opportunities of multilingual learning between the children of the various countries of the world on a global platform with an array of competitions in Music, Dance and Art. It provides us with the opportunity to shed our petty differences, enhance the similarities through shared artistic expressions. This event is scheduled from the 14th to 17th October 2020. The officials and judges are distinguished in their fields, making the level of competition and the degree of merit achieved commendable. It is our endeavour to focus on cultural exchange for positive and constructive purposes.

The pandemic created a substantial Paradigm shift, not only in our lives. But in all ways a human mind can think, with the onset of transition there is a total makeover of organization of our cultural bonanza too.

This year we are coming up with 13th International Celesta 2020 as we want to remain connected and keep our spirits up, not let the enthusiasm go down. We would meet online now for 4 days, enjoy and be together as always. We aim to stimulate the minds of children to express, expand and explore the world through music, dance, designing and showcasing their talents & skills on an open platform. Let us together spread the vibes of happiness & joy and bring a new order of “World Well Being”.

We welcome your participation in CELESTA International 2020 to witness the astonishing and amazing beauty as it unfolds itself day by day in this four-daylong cultural fiesta.

We look forward to seeing you in October 2020.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Jyoti Kashyap

Convenor, Celesta International &
Senior Principal, CMS Aliganj Campus I
Lucknow, INDIA

Mrs Shivani Singh

Co-Convenor, Celesta International &
Principal, CMS Aliganj Campus I
Lucknow, INDIA


Dr Jagdish Gandhi & Dr Bharti Gandhi

Founder-Manager & Founder-Director

We are happy that CMS Aliganj Campus I is organizing the 13th Celesta International from 14th to 17th October 2020 where students of various countries of the world and various states of India will be participating. Your sincere and honest efforts are highly applauded.

President and Managing Director (MD), CMS

Prof. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

President and Managing Director (MD), CMS

Dear Principal,

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Chief Executive Officer (CEO), CMS

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Mrs Susmita Basu

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Dear Principal,

All countries and communities are strongly tied together by an intricate tapestry of values and cultures. Mahatma Gandhi has said, “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” Its impact on the communities is born of its rich, beautiful and multifaceted character which gives strength, identity and purpose to its people.

General Guidelines

  1. Registration to be done online before the 20th of September 2020 through the website:
  2. Registration is open for the participants between the age group of 13 yrs to 18 yrs.
  3. All events are solo participation only.
  4. No entry will be accepted after the deadline.
  5. Only registered participants will be allowed for the competition.
  6. The first 50 entries will be considered on a first come first serve basis.
  7. Only one entry per participant per event will be allowed.
  8. Videos to be sent by the 28th of September 2020.
  9. 10 shortlisted finalist for each event will be flashed on website: on 1st of October 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
  10. If the participant is shortlisted then he/she will get a chance to get his/her polling done on the website for the final result. For finals it will be 20% polling and 80% Judges marking for the position holders.
  11. Voting line for shortlisted finalists will open from 2nd of October 2020 (12:00 noon) on the website.
  12. 10 shortlisted finalists will be informed via email/website well in advance for Solo singing, Instrumental, Standup comedy, Traditional folk dance, Freestyle/ hip hop dance, Poetry and Celesta Got Talent.
  13. For Jingles and Mask designing there will be a direct result on the prize distribution day.
  14. The participant has to give his/her introduction stating his/her Name, Name of the school, City, State, Country, Age and Theme before the performance (Live).
  15. The 10 shortlisted finalists of each mentioned event need to be online during the programme.
  16. All the events results will be announced on the prize distribution day.
  17. The file sent should be in landscape mode of the camera and it should not exceed 100 mb.
  18. Your uploaded video should be according to the moral norms accepted socially else you would be disqualified.
  19. Register yourself through the official website:
  20. Upload your entry video on the website.
  21. Go to the website> Registration.
  22. Date of finals and link for the same would be sent well in advance on whatsapp/ email.
  23. Marks would be deducted if the time limit exceeds.
  24. Judge’s decision would be final.


Time : 2 mins.

  • Dress : Traditional Costume
  • Non-Hollywood/Bollywood songs are only allowed
  • Original camera to be used to shoot the video. No external editing/effects or beauty camera is permissible

Judgment criteria

  1. Song Selection
  2. Costume
  3. Expression
  4. Rhythm
  5. Overall Presentation

Time - 2 mins.

  • Participants can perform his/her instrumental as per their choice.
  • Participants are allowed to use a maximum of two accompanists for their solo performance and for keyboard/ synthesizer auto rhythm can be used.

Judgment criteria

  1. Performance
  2. Improvisation
  3. Clarity
  4. Rhythm
  5. Overall Presentation
Theme - Silver Lining
  • Time Duration - 2 mins
  • Songs to be sung in English /Hindi or Regional language
  • Participants are allowed to use any app of their choice to record their solo.
  • Participants are allowed to use a maximum of two accompanists/karaoke for their performance.

Judgment Criteria

  1. Song Selection
  2. Rhythm
  3. Notation
  4. Melody
  5. Overall Presentation

  • Design a logo on the mask with a tagline.
  • Theme of the logo: CELESTA INTERNATIONAL 2020.

Judgment criteria

  1. Color Scheme
  2. Creativity
  3. Originality
  4. Representation of the theme
  5. Presentation
  • Time - between 2 to 3 mins.
  • In this category one can showcase his/her talent through any of his/her exemplary skills in a unique manner.
  • Props can be used.
  • Skills used should be safe and constructive.

Judgment criteria

  1. Skill
  2. Appeal
  3. Novelty
  4. Performance
  5. Overall Presentation

Theme: Celesta 2020

  • Participant is required to compose his/her own lyrics and tune.
  • Visuals can be used in accordance with the composition.

Judgment criteria

  1. Lyrics
  2. Rhythm
  3. Creativity
  4. Tune composition
  5. Theme presentation

Time - 2 mins.

  • Props are allowed
  • External effects or beauty camera is permissible
  • No editing is allowed

Judgment Criteria

  1. Song/Music selection
  2. Choreography
  3. Costume
  4. Expression
  5. Overall Presentation

Time - 2 mins.

  • Language will be English only.
  • Participant has to send his/her video. If selected then the participant has to perform live as the same video was sent earlier.
  • Short listed participant will be judged live on the day of event.
  • The content of comedy should be socially accepted.

Judgment Criteria

  1. Sense of humour
  2. Expression
  3. Body language
  4. Selection of Topic
  5. Presentation

Time - 2 mins.

  • Poetry should be self-composed.
  • Language English/Hindi.
  • Participant has to send his/her video. If selected then the participant has to perform live as the same video was sent earlier.
  • Any poetry which depicts music and culture aspects.

Judgment Criteria

  1. Content
  2. Expression
  3. Voice modulation
  4. Clarity
  5. Overall Presentation



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