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As for Kerala's Kalamandalam, a deemed to be University of Art and Culture run by the Government of India, it is in a small town Cheruthuruthy close to Thrissur city. Located on the banks of the Bharathapuzha (river) in the midst of a serene ambiance, it is a major center for learning Indian performing arts, with particular reference to those developed in the Southern states of India. Special emphasis is given to art forms native to Kerala.
During the colonial time under the Raj the three major classical dance performing arts of Kerala such as Kathakali, Kudiyattam and Mohiniyattam were, in the early part of 20th century and a bit before that, facing near extinction, almost in the final phases of disappearance. Part of the reason was, the colonial regulations had a hold on the society across India because Indian freedom struggles had begun to peak. But for the efforts of some like - minded people who realized the ethos of native performing arts was under threat, they would have become a forgotten chapter in Indian history.
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Functioning under the Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Kerala, Kalamandalam is a grant-in-aid institution and in 2007, it was accorded the status of 'Deemed University for Art and Culture' by the Government of India. In 2010, University Grants Commission ( UGC of India) accorded 'A' category status for Kerala Kalamandalam, thus it became the only deemed university in Kerala state with the prestigious status.
Being a unique institution of good repute, Kerala Kalamandalam attracted PMs like Nehru (1955) for the silver Jubilee function, Indira Gandhi (1980) and V. P. Singh in 1990. Manmohan Singh was the fourth Prime Minister to visit this institution in September 2012.
What is special about Kerala Klamandalam and what performing arts does it offer? The main focus is on India's traditional classical dances and theater forms, in particular, those native to Kerala - like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Kudiyattam, Thullal, Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, and Nangiar Koothu, besides the traditional orchestra called Panchavadyam. This hollowed institution also imparts training in native percussion instruments like chenda, maddalam and mizhavu.
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