Kerala Kalamandalam is a training center and conducts the performance of classical arts and was established by poet Vallathol Narayana Menon and Munkadaraja in 1930 in Thrissur, Kerala. It is a UGC recognized university offering Arts and Culture courses. The college provides BA, MA, M.Phil, and Ph.D. in the field of Cultural and Performing arts. Kerala Kalamandalam has Departments of Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Kuttiyattam, Mridangam, Chenda, Karnatic Music, Malayalam, English, and Sanskrit.

Aspiring candidates will have to appear for the university entrance exam followed by an interview round for admissions. 

Apart from studies, the college also provides library facility, where they have more than 50,000 books related to theater, music, dance, Indian History, Aesthetics, Epics, and Puranas. All the students have to stay in the college hostel until they complete their courses. In terms of placement, the college provides ample opportunities in performing arts in different areas.

Kerala Kalamandalam Thrissur Highlights

Established | Institute type 1930 | Deemed University
Approved By UGC
Entrance Exam University Entrance Exam
Courses offered 7 courses across 1 stream
Popular Courses BA, MA, M.Phil. & Ph.D.
Basic Admission Criteria University Entrance Exam followed by a Personal Interview round
Application Mode Online and Offline
Facilities Available Library and Hostel
Official Website

Kerala Kalamandalam Thrissur Courses

Kerala Kalamandalam provides graduation, post-graduation, and doctorate courses in the field of performing arts under various specializations. Tabulated below are some details of the course.

Course Specialization Details
BA Kathakali Vadakkan, Kathakali Music, Karnatic Music, Kutiyattam Female, Thullal Eligibility: Intermediate graduate and university exam merit rank
Duration: 3 years
MA Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Karnatic Music, Chenda, Mridangam, Kuttiyattam Eligibility: Graduation in the relevant field
Duration: 2 years
Ph.D. Performing Arts, Cultural Studies Eligibility: Master degree in the relevant field with a minimum of 55% marks
Duration: 3 to 5 years

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Kerala Kalamandalam Thrissur Admission

Candidates who want to take admission in Kerala Kalamandalam needs to clear the accepted entrance exam first. Listed below is the detailed admission procedure.

How to Apply?

  • Pass the entrance exam conducted by the university. 
  • After the qualifying exam, if shortlisted, you will be called for a personal interview.
  • For Ph.D. admissions, UGC – JRF holder students are exempted from the written exam.
  • If selected, complete the admission process and pay relevant fees.

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Kerala Kalamandalam Thrissur Placement

The placement cell arranges for study abroad seminars, internships, workshops, and talk sessions. A number of companies come forward to conducting campus interviews. American Express, Deloitte, McKinsey have conducted interviews in the past. A few government companies have also come in the past to conducted interviews.

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Kerala Kalamandalam Thrissur Scholarship

Students are awarded scholarships if they perform well in their performing arts courses, and most of the awards are cash awards. Some of the well-recognized awards are Balakrishna Kurup Award, Kummini Award, Moothaman Venkichan Award.

The college also has endowment awards that are bestowed in the name of good students and well-known personalities in the field of Performing arts. The college decides from time to time about the cash reward to be given in a particular endowment.

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Kerala Kalamandalam Thrissur Facilities

College provides other facilities to their students, for their best stay in the college during the education time. Listed below are some of the facilities which are provided by the college:

  • Library: The students can find rich collections of more than 50,000 books regarding theater, music, dance, Indian History, Aesthetics, Epics, and Puranas.
  • Hostel: The students can have a pleasant stay in a hostel; they have to stay in the hostel only till they complete their courses.
  • Food: College only provides pure veg foods to their students.

Other facilities include Cultural and Sports, Yoga, Medical and many more

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Kerala Kalamandalam Thrissur Faculty

With highly qualified faculty at Kerala Kalamandalam, the institute is committed to imparting strong educational foundations and values in the hearts, thoughts, and actions of the future managers. The institute has a total of 44 professors out of which 2 holds Ph.D. degrees, and rest professors are graduates from the top-notch universities.

  • Masters: 3
  • Visiting Professors: 36
  • Visiting Lecturers: 16
  • Lecturers: 8
  • Instructor: 19

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Kerala Kalamandalam Thrissur FAQs

Ques. Where is the university campus located? What is the distance between the university and the railway station?

Ans. The university is located in Thrissur – Shoranur Road in Thrissur District. University is 4 km away from the Shoranur railway station and it will take around 5 – 10 minutes to cover this distance.

Ques. When was University established?

Ans. Kerala Kalamandalam University is Deemed University, was established in 1930.

Ques. What are the required documents for the admission process?

Ans. Last qualification mark sheet / all semester mark sheets / Provisional Certificate 10th mark sheet. 10th Certificate 12th Certificate and mark sheet. Character Certificate, Certificate of Medical Fitness, Proof of Residence. Income proof Degree / Diploma Certificate of the qualifying examination Scorecard passport size colored photographs, and Migration Certificate.

Ques. Is the University Approved?

Ans. Yes, Kerala Kalamandalam University is recognized by UGC.

Ques. Does the college offer reservation quota seats

Ans. The reservation category rules are applied according to government rule.