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Kerala Kalamandalam

Updated on: Apr 3, 2013

Kerala Kalamandalam was founded in the year 1930 by poet Vallathol Narayana Menon and Manakkulam Mukunda Raja. The University is situated in the village of Cheruthuruthy in Thrissur District on the banks of the Bharathapuzha river. The motto of the University is to design a strong system of art education in the traditional way imbibing the spirit of enlightenment of the new age.

Kalamandalam follows the gurukula sampradayam, the ancient Indian education system based on residential tutelage. It is a major centre for learning Indian performing arts, especially those that have origin in the southern state of India, especially Kerala.

The Kalamandalam was accorded the status of 'Deemed University for Art and Culture' in the year 2006, by the Government of India. The University Grants Commission granted an ‘A’ category status for Kalamandalam Deemed University of Art and Culture, in the year 2010. Also, it is the only deemed university in Kerala state to be accorded with that prestigious status.

The Department of Culture, Government of India, and the Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi, have been extending financial support to the University for select few, special projects. UNESCO sanctioned substantial financial assistance to Kalamandalam in 2004 for the preservation and promotion of Koodiyattam. Additionally, it has been functioning as a grant-in-aid institution under the Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Kerala.

The Kerala Kalamandalam is one of the prime institutions in India for providing training in the classical arts of Kerala viz. Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyaattam, Thullal and Panchavaadyam. Various percussion instruments like chenda, maddalam and mizhavu are also taught at the University. Kalamandalam was established to facilitate training to its students in the Gurukula Sampradaya, an ancient tradition of residential schooling where students stayed with the teachers.  Besides offering traditional courses in Arts and Culture the University also started offering courses in cultural studies, cultural journalism, multimedia, mass communication, women studies, documentation, etc.

Kalamandalam Facilities
  • Classical dance
  • Theatre forms
  • Cultural Events
  • Financial Assistance

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