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Gandhi Seva Sadan Kathakali and Classic Arts Academy

The Gandhi Seva Sadan Kathakali and Classic Arts Academy popularly known as "Kathakali Sadanam" is located in a panoramic, sprawling ten-acre campus of its own in Perur village in Ottapalam under the Palakkad district. This academy is dedicated exclusively to the training of the art of Kathakali, the renowned dance-drama which is so integral a part of Kerala's culture. It is the third of its kind in the state, the other two being the Kerala Kalamandalam and P.S.V. Natyasangham. The year 2003 will witness the golden jubilee of this august institution, started in 1953.

Facilities include regular courses as well as short-term courses oriented towards foreign students. The Academy has produced a long line of illustrious performers of this esoteric artform, viz., Mattannur Sankarankutty, Sadanam Krishnankutty, Sadanam Ramankutty, Sadanam Balakrishnan, Sadanam Vasudevan, Cherpalachery Sivan etc. to name a few. Kathakali Sadanam has also conducted quite a number of tours abroad often representing India, particularly in the former Soviet Union and other European countries.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Ottappalam Railway Station, about 12 km from Palakkad Town

Nearest airport: Coimbatore International Airport (Tamilnadu) is the nearest airport, about 89 km


Latitude: 10.783058, Longitude: 76.470308

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