Kerala Kalamandalam is the
premiere public institution in India imparting training in and
conducting performances of the classical arts of Kerala viz.
Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyaattam, Thullal and Panchavaadyam.
Founded in 1930 by renowned poet Padmabhooshan Vallathol
Narayana Menon along the banks of the river Nila in the
Cheruthuruthy village of Thrissur District, Kalamandalam is an
immortal name in the cultural map of the world. Training in
art-disciplines at Kalamandalam essentially adheres to the
ancient Gurukula sambradaaya (The traditional mode of education
which calls for a deep bond between the teacher and the
student). Kalamandalam is strictly a residential center of
learning. Veteran teachers and talented students are its
inestimable wealth. For art-recitals held in Kalamandalam and
outside, artiste-teachers and students participate. Kalamandalam
Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyaatam and Thullal Troupes have
traveled widely in India and abroad for programs,
lecture-demonstrations and workshops. They have represented
India in many an international dance and theater festival.
Kerala Kalamandalam has been functioning as a grant-in-aid
institution under the Cultural Affairs Department, Government of
Kerala. For special Projects, the Department of Culture,
Government of India, and the Sangeet Natak Akademy, New Delhi,
have been extending financial support. For the preservation and
promotion of Koodiyattam, UNESCO has sanctioned substantial
financial assistance to Kalamandalam in 2004. The South Zone
Cultural Center, Thanjavur, has, for years, been extending
financial assistance to Kalamandalam for conducting dance &
music festival in this campus. Being a regular event, the
festival held every year attracts hundreds of rasikaas.
Since the historic encounter between the noble laureate Rabindranatha Tagore and vallathole at Santinikethan, Culcutta, the latter nurtured dreams of converting Kalamandalam in to a world renowned University for art and culture. Together with his close associate, Manakkulam Mudhuntha Raja, Vallathole made pioneering efforts for the multifaced development of Kalamandalam with its recently achieved status of a deemed university, Kerala Kalamandalam has fulfilled the of long cherished dream of its founder.
Kerala Kalamandalam is
situated along the Thrissur-Shoranur Highway, From Thrissur
town, Kalamandalam is 32 KMs to the North. SHORANUR JUNCTION, a
major Railway-station is only three KMs away from Kalamandalam.
From Kochi/Eranakulam, the distance to Kalamandalam is only 110
KMs to the North. Kalamandalam is 330 KMs to the north of
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala’s international airport at
Nedumbassery is only 85 KMs away from Kalamandalam along
the Thrissur- Eranakulam National
Highway - 47.