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Cheruthuruthy is a small town near Thrissur near the Shornur Railway Junction. Cheruthuruthy is famous worldwide for the Kathakali Training Center. A Tour to Cheruthuruthy will reveal the tradition and cultural heritage of Kerala in its dance forms and pottery. Cheruthuruthy is a small village on the banks of Nila Nadi, or Bharathapuzha, 32 km from Trissur town.
While on a Tour to Cheruthuruthy tourists also love to know about the history of the place. The place is well known for the Kerala Kalamandalam. It is a well known Kathakali dance center. Kalamandalam is founded by Mahakavi Vallathol. He is a well known poet who is deaf and dumb.
The Kalamandalam is the cradle of Kathakali training in India. This temple of arts has preserved and propagated Kathakali, a classical dance-drama of Kerala for the past 78 years. Many of the internationally renowned artistes of Kerala and India have been trained here. The Kalamandalam and its surroundings reflect the simple, pure and ethnic atmosphere in which these arts have survived for centuries.
The Koothambalam is the traditional dance theatre at Kalamandalam, is the only one in the State which is built outside a temple complex. Constructed according to vikrushtra madhya, one of the three natya grihas (theatres) specified in sage Bharatha's Natyasasthra which is a treatise on art compiled in the 2nd century B.C, the theatre is 14.62 m long and 7.31m wide and has four wooden pillars supporting it. It has three main parts. The aniyara (green room), the rangam (stage) - the space on front and side of it meant for the audience, and the mridanga-patha (where the drum is kept).
English education had been introduced and only a few upper class families in the State held the key to the art form. Realising the need to keep the art alive, the poet along with a few royal Kathakali enthusiasts like M. Mukundaraja and Kunjikuttan Thampuran, took over the revival and popularization program. They arranged performances by eminent artistes across the State and even raised funds through lotteries.
Over the years this unique institution has imparted training for Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Kootiyattam, Panchavadyam, Thullal etc - following the ancient gurukula system of education.
Take a visit to Kalamandalam will be a real exposure in the ancient art's of Kearla.
Nearest places to visit:
The Shakthan Thampuran Palace: This palace is also known as Vadakkekara Palace was constructed by the great ruler of Cochin, Shakthan Thampuran and rebuilt in 1795 by Sri. Ramavarma Thampuran. The style of architecture bears considerable Dutch influences.
The Church of Our Lady of Dolors: The Church of Our Lady of Dolors is the biggest and tallest church in Asia, situated in the heart of the city of Thrissur. It is famous for the construction in its Gothic style architecture.
The Archeological & Art Museum: This museum at Thrissur is a depository of graceful stone sculptures, antique jewelry and intricately carved wooden handicrafts.
Zoological Park: This Zoo situated 2 km away from Thrissur town. Thrissur Zoo houses a number of wildlife animals and attracts locals and tourists alike.
Kerala Sahitya Academy: Kerala Sahitya Academy is built in collaboration with the Kendra Sahitya Academy in New Delhi aims at encouraging Malayalam language and promoting its literature especially to the younger generations.
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy: Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy was established in 1962 as an attempt to promote the performing and fine arts of the state which had fallen into a decline.
Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy: Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy in Thrissur was established to promote dance, theater and music in Kerala. Thanks to its efforts Thrissur can now boast of a theatre with all modern amenities.
Vilangan Kunnu: Vilangan Kunnu in Thrissur is a recreational center and a picnic spot where various amusement devices for children have been constructed.
Vadakkumnathan Temple: One of the oldest temples in the State, the Vadakkumnathan temple is a classical example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular sight. Non-Hindus are not allowed entry into the temple.
Peechi Dam (20 km east of Thrissur):
This picnic spot offers boating facilities. There are frequent private buses from Thrissur to Peechi dam.
Christian Divine Retreat Centers: They are located at Muringoor and Potta near Chalakudi, on the Kochi - Thrissur route.
Guruvayoor (29 km west of Thrissur):
Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, about 90 km.
Nearest Railhead: Shornur, about 10 km.
By road: Cheruthuruthy is well connected through roads.
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