Cultural Centers in Thrissur Kerala

Thrissur, earlier known as Trichur, is known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala. Thrissur is home for numerous cultural, spiritual, and religious centers in Kerala. This temple town in Kerala is a major center for Malayalam literature, traditional Kerala arts and dance forms, drama and music in South India.

Kerala Lalith Kala Academy

Established in 1962, Kerala Lalit Kala Academy or Kerala Academy for Fine Arts is an autonomous body which promotes art and artistic heritage. Its aim is to promote the culture, painting, plastic and visual arts.

Kerala Sahitya Academy

This is an autonomous institution, established for the promotion and development of Malayalam language and literature. Superior literary works are recognized by the academy through its annual literary awards.

Kerala Sangeet and Nataka Academy

It was established on April 12, 1938 to foster and develop Kerala dance, drama and music and to promote the cultural unity of Kerala. The academy works in collaboration with the Sangeet Natak Akademi in New Delhi for the improvement of Indian culture. A well equipped auditorium called regional theatre, conducts workshops, seminars and various artistic and cultural activities which it promotes.

Kerala Kalamandalam

This famous art school is located at Cheruthuruthy, on the banks of Bharathapuzha, about 29 km north of Thrissur. Founded in 1930 by the Malayalam poet Vallathol Narayana Menon, the school aims to promote Kerala arts such as Mohiniyattom and Kathakali. Gurukulam system of training is followed in the school. Kerala Kalamandalam is a center for teaching traditional music, drama, Ottam thullal, Koodiyattam and Panchavadhyam. Visitors can watch the training sections from 4.30 am to 6.30 am, 8.30 am to 12 noon and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. The school is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.


Koothambalam (the traditional temple theatre) and the art gallery are the two main attractions of Kalamandalam. Also known as ‘Natyagriha’, the art gallery exhibits statues of Kathakali and other art forms. A museum named Vallathol Museum exhibits the poetic works and contributions of the great poet Vallathol Narayana Menon. A portrait gallery found here exhibits the portraits of great artists, mementos and honors received by the institution.