Kerala Kalamandalam, the cultural institute of Kerala, founded in 1927, by the famous Malayalam poet Vallathol Narayana Menon to revive the art and dance forms of Kerala, which was heralded as Kerala's first institution to provide training in classical performing arts. One of the most revered places for the traditional art forms of Kerala, the Kalamandalam Kerala is the cradle of Kathakali training in India.
Besides a major centre for Kathakali training, Kalamandalam also imparts training in other performing art forms like Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam, Ottan Thullal and Nangiarkoothu. Training in vocal and percussion instruments are also conducted here. Many of the internationally renowned artistes of Kerala and India have been trained here. Kerala Kalamandalam Cheruthuruthy is situated in Trichur district of Kerala state.
Kerala Kalamandalam is a residential centre of learning. Kalamandalam has a rich and sacred atmosphere by which the art forms have been preserved through generations. It situates on the banks of Bharathapuzha in Cheruthuruthy village of Thrissur district along the Thrissur-Shornur Highway. The traditional dance theatre in Kalamandalam (Koothambalam) is the only one in this kind in Kerala.
Kalamandalam is working under the Cultural Affairs Department of the Government of Kerala. The Department of Culture in Kerala, the Sangeeth Nataka Academy New Delhi have been extending financial help for special projects. Kalamandalam has been conducting dance and music festival every year which is attracted by thousands of people.