Tour Highlights

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. Kalamandalam is strictly a residential center of learning. Veteran teachers and talented students are its inestimable wealth. For art-recitals, demonstrations and workshops held in Kalamandalam and outside, artiste-teachers and students participate.

Kerala Kalamandalam is the premiere public institution in India imparting training in and conducting performances of the classical arts of Kerala viz. Kathakali, Kutiyattam, Mohiniyaattam, Thullal and Panchavaadyam. Founded in 1930 by eminent 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, demonstrations and workshops held in Kalamandalam and outside, artiste-teachers and students participate. Kalamandalam Kathakali, Kutiyattam, Mohiniyaatam and Thullal Troupes have travelled widely in India and abroad for programs, lecture-demonstrations and workshops. They have represented India in many an international dance and theater festival.

The concept of developing Kerala Kalamandalm as a Cultural Toursim destination was the brain child of Dr. V. Venu, former Director of Public Relations Department, Government of Kerala. Kalamandalam officially launched the tourism package named ‘A Day With the Masters’ on February 14th 2003. Since then the package has been attracting hundreds of visitors to our campuses. The program is a window to the world of Kerala’s traditional performing arts viz. Kathakali, Kutiyattam (traditional Sanskrit theater), Mohiniyattam, Thullal and the percussion music. One can watch the artistic skill of both the trainee and the trainer while walking inside the campus at the Vallathol Nagar.

‘A Day with the Masters’ is a pilgrimage to the most sacred temple of arts, giving a world class experience to the visitors, with an unique menu of presentations that bring out the grandeur of the institution. This premier cultural tourism product of the ‘Gods Own Country’ is jointly promoted by Kerala Tourism and Kerala Kalamandalam.

The following details may be noted while attending the tour:

  • The tour will begin at 0930 hours and end by 1300 hours on all working days.
  • Booking for a maximum of 30 members per day will be confirmed. The restriction in number is to ensure that the tour does not interfere with the artistic and academic atmosphere.
  • The Group will be divided into 3 sections of 10 members each.
  • There is no minimum size for a tour.
  • The tour will feature Kalamandalam staffs as Guides.
  • On the latter part of the tour, one or two Gurus (masters) may also join the tour to interact with the visitors.
  • It is assumed that the visitors will arrive in their own vehicles by 9.15 a.m and they will travel to the old campus (2 km) in their vehicles. However, there will be arrangements for transporting visitors without own transport.
  • All visitors are welcome to take still pictures. There will be no extra charges for cameras. However, care should be taken not to disturb the classes. Photographers should not ask the teachers or students to pose for pictures. Professional photographers have to take permission, and there may be extra charges.
  • Umbrellas will be provided on request on a first come, first served basis.
  • Some Kalaris may not be functional on some days, for a variety of reasons.
  • Visitors may be advised to wear sandals or slippers, for ease of removal, as footwear is not permitted in the kalaris.
  • The tour is priced at 20 US $ per head for foreign nationals and INR 1,000/- per Indian national, inclusive of taxes as applicable.
  • The tour won’t be available on Government holidays and other declared holidays.
  • Kalamandalam will be closed for examinations and summer holidays from the third week of March and the tour will not be available during the summer vacation (April-May). Bookings will reopen from the month of June. The school will also be closed for 10 days during Onam holidays in the month of September and 10 days in December for the Christmas holidays.

Kalamandalam holds recitals of Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyattam, Thullal and so on for tourists, artists and international students. Those who are interested in commissioning performances in our Koothambalam may contact Registrar, Kerala Kalamandalam, for details on fee and other expenses to be remitted. For single recitals and for package-programs there is change in the rate of fee charged. The performance will be for maximum three hours from 6 or 6.30 P.M.

Kalamandalam welcomes contributions from philanthropists. All donations and contributions should be made in the name of Kerala Kalamandalam, and a receipt will be given. Please contact the Project Executive for further details.

Location

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- Ernakulam
National Highway – 47.
Email info@kalamandalam.org
Website www.kalamandalam.org

Postal AddressKerala Kalamandalam Deemed University for Art & Culture
Vallathol Nagar, Cheruthuruthy PO., Thrissur Dt.
Pin: 679 531., Kerala, India.

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Tour Itinerary

An audio-visual presentation
A Presentation and visit to the Koothambalam – the traditional temple theatre
A Visit and Exposition of 10-15 Kalaris (teaching classes) – Classical dances – Mohiniyattam
Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi; Kathakali - Vesham(acting), Make-up, Vocal music, Cholliyattam; Koodiyattam.; Percussion instruments - Chenda, Maddalam, Mizhavu, Thimila and Mridangam; Karnatic classical Music, Thullal
A Presentation on Kerala Mural Painting , 'Nrittyolpathi', the origin of Dance
A visit of the Art gallery, to see costumes, head-gears, masks and jewellery.
A glimpse of the old Kalamandalam Campus on the banks of Nila; Portrait-gallery and the tomb of poet laureate Vallathol Narayana Menon, founder of Kalamandalam

Travel Quotes

Gustave-Flaubert

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

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