Kalamandalam Kerala – Center for Performing Arts

Thrissur, the cultural center of Kerala cradles this named center. The center is at the banks of Bharathapuzha (Nila) Cheruthuruthy.This primary center for performing arts in Kerala follows Keralite traditions of classical dance forms, where ancient gurukula system is disciplined. It offers training for Kathakali, Koddiyattom, Mohiniyattom and Thullal. Regular, Long Term, Short Term and Intensive courses are available that makes an amateur into a professional.The uneding passion of Vallathol Narayana Menon, (a poet and scholar) towards Kathakali and other performing arts, paved way to the establishment of Kerala Kalamandalam in 1930. Pattikkamthody Ravunni Menon, Guru Kunchukurup, Kalmandalm Krishnan Nair, Kalamandalam Neelakantan Nambeesan, Kalamandalam Krishnan Kutty Pothuwal, Painkulam Rama Chakyar, Thottasseri Chinnammu Ammu are the celebrated personalities who did their contributions to Kalamndalam.The troupes of kalamandalam travel to different countries creating cultural wave throughout the world. They have participated in different International Dance Festivals. Kalamandalam also hosts a number of students and researchers from abroad.At the primary stage, the staffs found it difficult to meet the expenditure for its maintenance; later it was converted to a grant-in-aid institution fully financed by the government. Presently a hierarchy of executive council and general council administers Kalamandalam (nominated by the State Government). The secretary supervises the day to day matters.CampusPresently functioning at Vallathol Nagar offers many facilities for the disciples.o Kalaris – the training roomso Koothambalam- The Temple Theatreo High Schoolo College Libraryo Recording Studioo Staff Quarterso Hostelso Employees Co-operative Societyo Administrative Blocko Art GalleryKoothambalam (Temple Theatre)- The temple meant for the performance of Koothu and Koodiyattom is considered sacred. The center designed in the ancient architectural style,
is the place where the communication between the audience and the artists take place.The institution offers various certificate and diploma courses. High School education with any selected performing arts, plus two and degree courses (B Art) approved the State Government are the added advantages. Institution provides crash courses in Koodiyattom, Mohiniyattom, Kathakali, vocal Music and other percussional instruments. The course continues upto three months to two years depending on the subjects.Under International Cultural Exchange Programs, Indian Council for Cultural Relations Government of India selects the students.
Vallathol MuseumThe Museum at the residence of Vallathol displays the life of Vallathol through writings and images.The Art Disciplineo Kathakali- famous dance drama play based on themes in Ramayana, Mahabharatha and Bhagavatha.o Koodiyattom- this two thousand year old classical Sankrit theatre performance is a privilege to Chakyars and Nambyars. The main character acts the flash back events is the custom of the play.o Nangiar Koothu- is a play in which the woman character enacts the Sree Krishna charitam (the story of Krishna) in 41 days.o Mohiniyattom- the traditional dance form of Kerala flourished in the 17th century A.D. The dancer wears a golden jerry bordered cream color saree, waist garment, gold colored ornaments, jasmine flowers on the head and simple make up on the face.o Thullal- is a single actor performance that attracts even an illiterate through its simple rhythmic music.o Panchavadyam- combination of five orchestras- Thimila, Maddalam, Edakka, Kompu and Cymbal. Mostly performed during temple festivals.Well experienced and talented faculties are available for the same. Kalamandalam RamanKutty Nair, Padmanabhan Nair, Gopi are the pride of the institution who maintain the international standard of the institution.Admission:A test in Malayalam or Sanskrit is to be performed prior to the admission and on completing the course on the basis of competence of the student.The individual can join in any one of the subjects. Classes will be taken for Functional Malayalam and Sanskrit, if requested.Courses commence from June 1st to March 31st and vacation classes are available from April 1st to May 31st. No deadline is fixed for the receipt of applications. The institutions also offer crash courses.Medium of Communication- English, Malayalam and verbal communications are encouraged. Communication of the teacher with the foreign students is mainly through ‘mudras'(hand gestures). English is mainly used when long discussions are needed.Course structure: Basics and special coaching (2hrs) will be given at the beginning of all courses. Only after the completion of the basics of the course, one can go through the intermediate and advanced lessons. The training of the foreign students will be with the native students after they have gained enough experience that particular course.Financial asssistanceSponsorships are available for the foreign students intending to study in Kerala kalamandalam. Indian council of cultural relations, Government of India, New Delhi Indo Sasthri Canadian Institute, the NCERT, and the American Institute if Indian Studies are some of the Indian institutes there is possibility of sponsorship.Universities and departments of culture and education all over the world assist the same.ApplicationThe duly filled up application is to be send to the following address along with a crossed DD of US$- 10 or Rs.500 or a certified check. On the receipt of the application form along with this processing fee, the details of the courses will be informed. Students intended to join in the crash course should submit their application in a plain paper along with their bio-data.Address:KERALAKALAMANDALAMCheruthuruthy – 679 531via Trissur, IndiaPhone number: 91 – 4884 – 262418, 262562Fees: fees are payable in advance and in different installments.Accommodation:Paying Guest- per head per month: 150$ – 200$Foreign Students hostels:o With cooking facilities – 70$o Without cooking facilities- 50$Documents to be submitted1. Photocopy of the passport and the student visa2. One passport size photo3. Original No-AIDS certificate attested by the recognized authority of the particular country4. A short description on the performing art training or exposure you have made (optional)5. Recommendation letter from the teacher (optional)To reach there:Air: Cochin International AirportRail: Thrissur Railway StationRoad: Thrissur K.S.R.T.C bus station

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What’s Up at the Scottsdale Center For the Performing Arts This Season?

I have had some wonderful experiences and memories by participating in events and theater at the Scottsdale Center for the performing arts. From Patsy Cline tributes to Menopause the musical, each visit has left me feeling charmed.Here is what will be coming up at the center this fall and into 2011.Talk Cinema is coming to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. It’s your chance to see independent and foreign films before their theatrical release. This event will be hosted by a variety of industry experts and you will be able to participate with your own review of each film!There will be nine screenings in all with price advantages if you are signing up for all showings. Tuesday evening showings begin in October, so plan to join Talk Cinema this fall.The 41st annual Scottsdale Arts Festival is coming March 11-13. Two Hundred renowned Artists from across the country will attend this honored event, displaying their creations ranging from painting, photography, glass, jewelry, sculpture, wood, ceramics, drawing and pastels, fiber and mixed media exhibits.The Arts Festival will sponsor an on line auction with proceeds to benefit the Center. There will be live music by local musicians as well as a Wine Country, Market and Beer Garden offering local fare.Don’t forget about 2010 Imagine Nation. This year’s theme will be Family Time and Family Fun paying homage to the diversity of the American family! An interactive set up will be enjoyed by the whole family with storytelling and comedy dispersed generously among a wide range of activities reminding us that it doesn’t take a boat load of money to have a good time!The 2010/2011 Performance Calendar is packed with exciting entertainment including Dine Out with The Chefs now in its fifth year. Here’s your chance to rub elbows with some of our Top Chefs, sample their creations and enjoy live entertainment.Steve Martin is coming to town October 10th with a Bluegrass band to perform mostly musical ditties with great aplomb, sprinkled with his one of a kind humor. I have always enjoyed Steve Martin, from Saturday night live performance of “King Tut” to his many great films including my personal favorite “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.Next we get a visit from the amazing John Lithgow. Loved him in Third Rock and most recently Dexter as a sinister serial killer that kept even Dexter in awe of his level of proficiency with his craft! I can’t forget to acknowledge Life according to Garp and Shrek as part of John Lithgow’s repertoire! On October 21st John will be on stage performing his one man show “Stories by Heart” switching up our emotions from one minute to the next with his enthralling style.Musical Guests will include the legendary Doc Severinsen who has trumpeted his way through an extraordinary career touring with such greats as Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman’s bands. He has also worked with Phoenix Symphony and we all know him best as Johnny Carson’s favorite musical sidekick!Bernadette Peters will grace the stage in November with her flowing veil of ringlets to perform songs from her “Face of Broadway” show. A brilliant cross between Barbara Streisand and Bette Midler, Miss Peters will light up the stage with her designer gowns and sultry style!Political farce and folly anyone? The Capitol Steps will be performing their sharp tongued satire leaving no one safe regardless of affiliations, and no stone unturned when it comes to amusing the masses at the expense of our Political leaders.John Waters will entertain with his biting sharp witticisms over the Christmas Holiday wishing us all a tacky little Christmas with not so subtle adult content reminders of all that holiday fluff we so eagerly anticipate and why we just might as well enjoy it!Sister’s Christmas Catechism will grace the stage in December with yet another audience participation adventure headed by our favorite Nun. This ever changing presentation is for all of the faithful no matter what denomination! You need to be ready to don a crown or veil as some lucky audience members will be trudged on stage to become a living nativity scene during the performance! Great fun for all!You can also enjoy Cuban Salsa dancing on stage, The Venice Baroque Orchestra, and Spanish Harlem Orchestra, The Romantic music of Robert Schumann, Christmas in Ireland by DANU, Flamenco Dance Classes, and so much more throughout the new year!Well, I hope this has inspired you to visit the most fabulous Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and treat yourself to some of the wonderful confections of theater you deserve!