Kalamandalam Calcutta was founded in 1968 by Guru Smt. Thankamani Kutty and Guru Govindan Kutty as an Institution with the main purpose of imparting training in South Indian Classical Dances to intending students of Calcutta and beyond. The institution grew with leaps and bounds as its students won accolades and top prizes everywhere. Many outgoing students received scholarships from the Govt. of India, Department of Culture for further training. The institute's students/artistes have been performing regularly on prominent stages of Calcutta, India and abroad.
Guru Smt. Thankamani Kutty received a number of awards for her contribution to the field of Bharatanatyam as a composer, choreographer, director and trainer which includes the 'Shiromani Puraskar' by Asian Paints in 1992, the 'Akademy' award by Govt. of West Bengal. "All India Critics Association's" award in 1998 for Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam, felicitations from "E.T.V. Anand Dhara - 2001" for outstanding contribution to the Indian Culture, in 2001 "Kaladarpanam Art Lovers Association" award at Cochin, Kerala.
The other founder of the institute Guru Sri Govindan Kutty has the credit of being the sole promoter and Guru of Kathakali in Calcutta for many many years. Countless times he has been felicitated by different bodies in this region of India and he has been traveling often in the past years to Europe, specially to Germany and France as a visiting professor in the Classical Arts.
On July, 19th Guru Govindan Kutty completed 50 years of his settlement in Calcutta which was commemorated by a Photographic exhibition on his life and works at the State Exihibition Hall followed by a felicitation by the Govt. of West Bengal. The Govt. of West Bengal has announced "Uday Shankar Life Time Achivement Award" to Guru Govindan Kutty this year and will be conferred on him in a function at Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata on the 21st Nov'05.
The Important National & International Tours of the Kalamandalam Performing Wing:
- In 1983 Kalamandalam Performing Wing went on a three month long performing tour of Japan and Thailand.
- In 1984 the troupe went on a month long tour of U. K. and so also in the following years for longer periods.
- In 1987 the troupe went on a tour to Beirut (Lebanon).
- Before the next foreign trips the troupe toured South India, namely for Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai and the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Kerala Kalamandalam near Trichur in Kerala. Members of the troupe have individually performed in numerous festivals all over India.
- In 1998 the Kutty's went on a tour to U.S.A for many performances and Lecture - Demonstration in Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam at India Club of World Bank and the Embassy of India at Washington, and also the Lec-Dem at Chhandam, School of Kathak dance, San Francisco, California
- In May, 2000 the troupe went on a three weeks tour of Gulf countries.
- In 2002 the troupe went on a tour of Kerala for three weeks and was highly cheered by the media.
- In 2003 the troupe went on a tour of Kathmandu, Nepal for one week to participate in the "Tourism Road Show", organised by the "Nepal Tourism Board".
- In 2003 the troupe was invited for to "Bharat Utsav" in Assam and Tripura by their respective Cultural Ministers and the shows were hits.
- In 2004 January, Kalamandalam organised and conducted a 15 day Dance and Music Festival at its own site on a Mega Scale with the inclusion of many guest artistes also from outstation.
- In 2004 February, the troupe very successfully performed in the West Bengal State Bhavaiya Music Festival at Falakata, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.
- In 2005 June, The troupe successfully performed at the India Mindil Festival and "Classic India" Concert at the Brownsmart Auditorium, Darwin, Australia.
- ACT Multicultural Festival in Australia at Garrema Place, Canberra on 13th February, 2006.
- Bengali Cultural Association (Canberra) Inc. at the National Gallery of Australia on 14th February, 2006.
- In collaboration with the Indian Association of New Castle at Griffith Duncan Theatre, University of New
Castle on 18th February, 2006.
- A Demonstration cum Workshop in Adelaide University Hall on 24th February, 2006 for the Bengali Cultural Association of South Australia at the University of South Australia.
- Performance in Adelaide University Hall on 25th February, 2006 for the Bengali Cultural Association of
South Australia at the University of South Australia.
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