About Kalakshethram


Kalakshethram, Dombivli is a common platform for artistes, students and connoisseurs of Indian classical art forms and the rich cultural heritage of India.

Started in 1984, it has constantly marked its rich presence in the cultural horizons of the City and satellite towns, with memorable artistic feasts at regular intervals. Seminar & Lecture Demonstration on various disciples of Indian classical dances, Four-day Nalacharitham Festival,


Gurushishyparampara are a few examples. Great performances in Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Chakyarkoothu, Nangiarkoothu, Ottamthullal, Mohiniattam, Bharathnatyam, Kuchippudi, Odissi, Thayampaka, Melam, Panchavadyam, Ashtapadi, Carnatic Music concerts, Mudiyettu, Theyyam, etc. by legendary Gurujis and Maestros like Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair, Kalamandalam (Late) Padmanabhan Nair, Kalamandalam Gopi, Kottakkal Sivaraman, Kalamandalam


(Late) Krishnakutty Poduval, Appukkutty Poduval, Achunni Poduval, Unnikrishna Kurup, Ammannor Madhava Chakyar, Alipparambu Sivarama Poduval, Aliparambu Kunhikrishna Poduval, Mattannor Sankarankutty, Dr. Kanak Rele, to name a few. So far Kalakshethram has presented about 100 programs, many of them acclaimed to be the best ever presented in this part of the country. Kalakshethram conducts classes in Kathakali,


Bharathanatyam, Mohiniattam, Kahakali Music, Carnatic Music, Chenda, Violin, Mridangam, Drawing, etc. Kalakshethram has also choreographed a series of ballets set on classical dances taken from epics and legends. Kalakshethram has also choreographed and presented new three Kathakali plays – ‘Satyavan Savithri’ ‘Naranathu Bhranthan’ and “Prithavishadam’. Over 100 students are undergoing tutelage under the best teachers available, with a clear syllabus, regular examinations and stage performances. Many students have won prizes in competitions in national level.



Many of the alumni of Kalakshethram are professional artistes today. Kalakshethram has conducted a number of appreciation classes and lecture demonstrations to widen the audience of connoisseurs. It has extended its helping hand to many poor deserving artists in their difficult times, and has encouraged many budding artists. Kalakshethram has a remarkable library equipped with Books of Indian Arts and Culture and a number of Audio/Video recordings of classical/traditional art forms. We have also published audio cassettes of selected Kathakali Padams.

With around 200 life members, Kalakshethram is the biggest and oldest Cultural Organisation which stands for presentation, propagation and preservation of Classical and traditional art forms and heritage of India. Kalakshethram has a big role in making Dombivli the Malayali Cultural Capital of Western India.

In April 2008, we celebrated “Guru Sishya Parampara” - a union of four generations in Kathakali.
We were lucky to have the living Patriarch to the young tots of Kathakali like Padmabhushan
Shri Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair, the octogenarian thespian and ‘the Guru’, his disciple the inimitable maestro, the one and only’ Shri Kalamandalam Gopi, his disciple our own ‘Guru’ Shri Kalamandalam C. Gopalakrishnan and his disciples, the students of Kalakshethram.

Kalakshethram is entering into its victorious Twenty-fifth year, after a relentless and successful service to the society. We are all proud that on the way to this Silver Jubilee, we could leave a number of memorable landmarks in the history of cultural activities of Mumbai and its satellite towns, with particular mention to Dombivli. While reaching the milestone of Silver Jubilee, all the well-wishers of this movement wish to make it historic chain of events.








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