Malayala Kalagramam, Kannur District
The Malayala Kalagramam at New Mahe in the district of Kannur in Kerala is an institution pioneering in the field of fine arts, applied arts and performing arts. Located alongside the Mahe river at a distance of 29 kms from Kannur town, Malayala Kalagramam, also known as MAKAM serves as a platform to take art to its best for amateur artists as well as established practitioners of art in all forms. The Kalagramam was instituted in the year 1994 and is sponsored and supported by the A.P.Kunhiraman Trust Chennai.
The premises of the Kalagramam reverberate with different musical instruments and melodious voices as one enters the institute. The ambiance is sure to enthrall beyond expectation. The Kalagramam offers courses on all forms of arts like fine arts, applied arts and performing arts. Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam are taught on all days between 9 am to 4 pm. Sundays is the day for Yoga classes which starts at 8 am in the morning. Sculpturing, Painting, Drawing and murals are done three times in a week. Classes on different musical instruments are conducted on Friday to Sunday from 3 pm onwards. The Kalagramam also teaches Sanskrit to interested students. It doesn’t end with training as students also get a platform to rehearse all forms of arts and also stage it as a perfect culmination to their persistent learning.
Apart from these classes, the Kalagramam conducts allied activities with an aim to take art to the next level like conducting lectures, sessions, seminars, in-service programmes and amusing projects in numerous disciplines of art and humanities. These activities are aimed at offering a platform for creative art lovers and enthusiasts to interact and facilitate development of arts.
How to Reach
Malayala Kalagramam is 29 kms from Kannur town. The nearest airport to Kannur town is Karipur at Kozhikode which is at a distance of 64 kms. Kannur’s own airport is coming up at Mattanur and is under construction now. The nearest Railway station is at Mahe. Kannur is well by road with all major towns in Kerala. Roads that connect some of the major towns are Kannur-Mattannur-Iritty Road, Thalassery-Kodagu Road, Pappinisseri-Pilathara Road, Payyannur-Kozhichal Road, Thalassery-Mysore road and Taliparamba-Sreekandapuram Road.
Summer here is from March to May during which the climate is very hot and temperature averages at 36⁰C. Monsoon rains hits Kannur between June and October. Kalamandalam can be visited during any season. But if you are coupling it other tourist destinations in Kannur then it is advisable to avoid the monsoon and summer season.
Other Places of Interest
- The Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary located at Muzhakkunnu panchayath and Aralam panchayath on a 55 sq kms area is a big tourist spot. A variety of animals like deer, bison, squirrels, jungle cats, Leopards, elephant and boars can be spotted here. Leopards, jungle cats and various types of squirrels.
- Kannur is home to a number of beaches like Payyambalam Beach, Baby Beach near St Angelo Fort, Meenkunnu Beach, Mapila Bay, Kizhunna Ezhara Beach, Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach.
- Dharmadam Island is a beautifully landscaped island dotted with coconut groves, lush green bushes etc.