Thrissur is known as the cultural capital of Kerala. The land is popular for some of its unique cultural aspects like the Thrissur Pooram and Vadakkunnathan Temple among the rest. From its rich historical past to the glory it enjoys today, Thrissur has a number of cultural centres that are worth exploring.
Let us take a look at some of the cultural centres in Thrissur that are specific to the place.
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A centre for classical performing arts, the construction of Kerala Kalamandalam was initiated by the legendary poet Vallathol Narayana Menon, with an objective of preserving and spreading the then dying performing arts of Kerala.
Kerala Kalamandalam is located in Cheruthuruthy in Thrissur, and the centre offers courses for students in arts, workshops and other demonstrations are also held for those who wish to know more about various art forms of Kerala.
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Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy, popularly known as Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi, is one of the cutltural centres of Thrissur. This centre was built in 1962 to promote the state's fine arts like paintings, sculptures, architecture and graphics.
The first chairman of the centre was M Rama Varma Raja, the son of the famous artist Raja Ravi Varma. The centre has also introduced the concept of a mobile art gallery named 'Moving Art Gallery' which allows the public of the state to watch the mobile exhibition of various visual art pieces by renowned and amateur artists.
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Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi
Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, also known as KSNA, was founded in the year 1958 to promote and encourage various art forms like dance, drama and folk arts of Kerala. The centre was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.
Located in Chembukkavu in Thrissur, the centre offers training for students of theatre arts, dance and drama. KSNA functions in collaboration with Sangeet Natak Akademi of Delhi, to preserve and promote Indian culture.
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Kerala Sahithya Akademi
Kerala Sahithya Akademi, also known as the Academy for Malayalam Literature, is an autonomous body built with the aim of preserving Malayalam language and literature. Inaugurated in 1956, the academy has one of the best libraries in Kerala comprising of literary works by published Malayalam authors.
The academy recognises literary works through its annual awards for categories like poetry, novel, story, drama and biography.
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