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Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam
Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam
During the Second half of the yester century the art lovers of Irinjalakuda conducted a Kathakali ticket programme in which the famous Kathakali performers partook. This aroused the craving of Irinjalakudites for a Kathakali Institute to impart training for creating Kathakali artists from the land of Lord Sangamesha. Connoisseurs at this time thought of paying a befitting tribute for Unnayi Warrier, the famous Romantic poet of Malayalam Literature. These double craving resulted in the evolution of Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam .

Dr. K. N. Pisharody, Adv. Puthur Achutha Menon, Adv. K. K. Thampan, Adv. Nellickappilly Parameswara Menon, Adv. Panampilly Raghava Menon, S. K. Menon, Sri. C. R. Kesavan Vaidyar, Karunakara Pillai and so on rendered their helping hands to evolve the Institute. The institute was inaugurated by Sri. Panampilly Govinda Menon, the then Chief Minister of Travancore state, on 12th July 1955 under the registration No. 9/55. Since then it has been functioning as a Kathakali performing and training institute.

The Past
Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam
Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam during 1955
Kalanilayam was fortunate enough to receive the patronage from connoisseurs such as Dr. K. N. Pisharody, Adv. Puthur Achutha Menon, Adv. K. K. Thampan, Adv. Nellickappilly Parameswara Menon, Adv. Panampilly Raghava Menon, S. K. Menon, Sri. C. R. Kesavan Vaidyar, Karunakara Pillai.

C. T. Madhava Menon, Ponthankandath Thankamani Amma, M. C. Paul, T. O. Paul, and many academics who could make available the valuable services of maestros Pallipuram GopalanNair, Kalamandalam Karunakaran, Kalamandalam Murali, Kottackal Sivaraman, Sadanam Krishnan Kutty, Vengoor Ramakrishnan, Velappan Bhagavathar, Kalamandalam subramanian, Kalamandalam Appu Marar, Kalamandalam Easwara Warrier, Kalamandalam Balaraman, Krishnankutty Marar and Thrikkur Unnikrishnan and Kalamandalam Kuttan, Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan, Ezhikkara Appu Bhagavathar, Chalakudi Nambissan, Kalamandalam Balaraman, Kalamandalam Natarajan, Kalanilayam Raghavan, Kalamandalam Ravindran, Cherthala Kuttappa Kurup, Kalamandalam Narayanan Nair, Kalanilayam Janardhanan. They were both good performers and teachers and imparted valuable lessons which could nurture an ordinary person into a perfect artist.

Many of the students in the institute were the recipients of Government of India cultural wing scholarship for Kathakali. The present principal Kalanilayam Gopalakrishnan was the first student of the Unnayi Warrier Kalanilayam to receive this meritorious scholarship. The first principal of the Kalanilayam Pallippuram Gopalan Nair is no more.

The Present
Kalanilayam which has an asset worth Rs. 2.5 crore ( the institute and the movable property combined.) is governed by a body of 12 persons elected from the general council consisting of 102 life members. Besides, Secretary, Department of Culture, Secretary Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy, District Information Officer,  R.D.O., Calicut University Vice Chancellor, are also members of the governing body. Chairperson, Irinjalakuda Municipality, Member of the Legislative Assembly from Irinjalakuda, Member of Parliament, Mukundapuram are specially invited members.

The Future
Future Plans of Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam
1. Setting up of an independent Arena to impart training in all classical form of dances (initially Indian varieties).
2. Promoting cultural tourism by conducting international seminars, art festivals training packages for extraneous fellows and providing suitable lodging facilities as an annex.
3. Introducing play methods to new appreciable aesthetic works.
Gateway to Kalanilayam Complex
Naishadham Swannery Resort
To commemorate the text of Nalacharitham, especially the mission of Flamingo to launch love between King Nala and Princess Dhamayanthi. We proposed to set up a cultural tourism project in large scale costing Rs.3 crores, consisting of art gallery, statue gallery, floating stage covering an open air stadium, lodging, lecture hall etc.
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