Escursioni a Kochi-Cochin: Kalamandalam or the institution of learning the performing arts (traditional Indian dance forms) is jointly promoted by the Kerala Tourism. 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 in the Cheruthuruthy village, 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 institute runs a special program “A Day with the masters” which is termed as 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. Here one can watch closely the different aspects beginning from the preparation till execution. This program includes a presentation and visit to Koothambalam (Traditional Temple Theatre) followed by sneak peek into the teaching classes followed by different dance performances by the students of Kalamandalam.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: Six to seven hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am. Pick up at 6.30am.
Others: Closed on all Saturdays, Sundays, All National, Regional, Academic holidays, Summer vacations from mid-March-mid June, Onam Vacations in August and September (as per Kalamandalam authorities) and during exams as declared by the Kalamandalam authorities, please check for exact details.