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About Cultural Affairs Department
Kerala has a spectacular heritage of cultural expressions across many artforms and customs. The time - honored values lie dormant in the living traditions of these expressions. The feudal chieftains and provincial landlords who patronized these visual and devotional arts for centuries were not only encouraging them as entertainments but were also upholding their moral and ethical messages.
Vivid visual effects and stunning music are hallmarks of Kerala's performing arts. In a land, which cannot boast of monumental architectural feats, unlike many other parts of India, the performing arts, both individually and collectively, make up for the lost magnificence. No other state in India can match the grandeur and creativity of Kerala's performing arts.
The crowning jewels of Kerala's performing arts are Koodiyattam and Kathakali. Koodiyattam, the one thousand year old classical dance drama is regarded as one of the earliest traditions in theatre across the world. UNESCO has named it as a World Heritage describing it as a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage. Though Koodiyattam is the oldest, Kerala perhaps owes its transnational fame to Kathakali, the classical dance drama combining facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime.
Against this backdrop activities of Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Lalithakala Academy, Sahithya Academy and Chalachithra Academy have been made more vigorous and people-oriented. Quality film and videos from within and abroad are beingscreened before a wider audience.
KeralaKalamandalam is being streamlined so as to become a Deemed University. Balasahithya Institute, Bhasha Institute, and Sarvavignanakosam have also started attractive programmes. Book Mark and Kerala State Film Development Corporation are on a revival mode.