Recently I had a chance to visit Kerala Kalamandalam, the cradle of Kathakali training in India. It is also one of the most revered places for the traditional art forms of Kerala, and is located at Cheruthuruthy, 32 km north of Thrissur, on the banks of River Nila.
Established in 1930 by Vallathol Narayana Menon, the renowned Malayalam poet, this institution is the training centre for Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Bharathanatyam, Kootiyattam, Panchavadyam, Thullal etc, still following the ancient gurukula system of education. This is the only place where the rich culture of Kerala's traditional art forms are preserved.
During our visit, there were international and domestic tourists, who had come to tour the place. Many school children accompanied by their teachers were also there.
If you require more information about this place please visit their website. kalamandalam.org