Kerala Kalamandalam is a center truly steeped in the promotion and propagation of art and culture of Kerala. An educational institute catering to the fine arts, it is a residential campus aimed to allow its patron full commitment to their art. Founded in 1930 by the illustrious poet Padmabhooshan Vallathol Narayana Menon, Kalamandalam has evolved into more than a center for learning. Opening its gates to the curious and the interested, Kalamanadalam has developed an accommodating spirit, in collaboration with the tourism of Kerala.
The campus is a walk through the living and dying cultures of Kerala, re-created. Features to note are the Vallathol museum, displaying the works of the great poet and pioneer; the portrait gallery, which holds a collection of many great artists who were instrumental in bringing about Kalamandalam. Vallothol's soul rests in the Samadhi situated in the old Kalamandalam campus.