Sinjini Saha

Soak Up Some Culture with These Theatre Groups in Kerala

City's Truly

February 19, 2020

It is almost kind of a validated truth that Kerala gets to wear that Culture Crown. It is also the place to practice authentic form of Indian Traditional Art Form. From Indian Classical Music to dance to Theatre, this place is a goldmine of talent and creativity.

These Theatre Groups in Kerala work relentlessly to gift the audience a slice of something unique:-


In October 1991, twenty-five theatre enthusiasts started working under the direction of Chandradasan, a prominent theatre person, at Kochi. This theatre company named as Lokadharmi has flourished as one of the important centres for theatre training, research and performance in India.  It classifies theatre into Natyadharmi (stylized, abstract and based on an elaborate system of sign language that appeals to a connoisseur) and Lokadharmi (popular, closer to realistic, folk or the style of the people. It also means ‘concerned about the world and its affairs. The beginning was the theatre training school, where actors were given intense training in acting and introduced them to the different acting systems from all over the world.Prominent productions include Kaali Naadakam, Karnnabharam, and Thathamaram.  Also Lokadharmi undertakes extensive workshops at rural areas, schools and colleges to initiate theatre awareness among aspiring artists and art lovers.

Where: 2/A4/13, South Star Aparments, Opp.KSRTC Bus station, Ernakulam, Kochi

Call: 9447414200


ActLab was founded in the year 2006 at Thrissur and moved to Ernakulam with an inhouse training environment in 2013. With an humble beginning this school of acting offered platform for acting aspirants to come up to stage and feel free to fail. The mission of ActLab is to provide cutting-edge training in screen acting to create versatile actors for film and television industry. guarantees intensive, hands-on, total immersion program that enhances learning experience of every actor. ActLab adopts an holistic approach towards training an actor to bring out the most healthy, expressive and creative self. They undertake 3-day energizing workshops which help you to understand whether you should take this journey at all .Intensive military boot camp style acting courses are must-attend for aspirants.

Where: Kandathil Building, Karshaka Road, Near South Railway Station, Ernakulam, Kerala

Call: 9446904161

Oxygen Theatre Company

Oxygen Theatre Company is an experimental theatre group based in Thrissur , that explores the possibilities of a contemporary visual language in  Indian Theatre. The group is made up of a core team of theatre practitioners who have been active in the contemporary theatre scene of Kerala from the 1980s onwards. Spinal Cord, the first production of Oxygen, directed by Deepan Sivaraman, won seven out of thirteen Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) in 2010,. The second production of Oxygen Theatre Company, 'Peer Gynt,' a Malayalam adaptation of the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, is produced in association with the Dramatic Art and Design Academy, Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi as part of the Delhi Ibsen Festival-2010. 

Where: Chittilappilly House, Po, Near Palakkad, 

Call: 9846550963

The Curtain Raiser

The Curtain Raiser was organized in 1985 at Madras Kerala Samaj for theater activities. It was inaugurated by Late Sri. T.K.Balachandran (film maker). During its tenure at Madras it had made fourteen theater and TV productions.   Second phase of activities of the Curtain Raiser at Thiruvananthapuram was inaugurated by Sri. Adoor Gopalakrishnan in 1994. Around twenty stage and TV productions along with number of cultural workshops were arranged during the period. 

Where: TC 82, Kailasam building, 4599 (1, Ambujavilasam Rd, Thiruvananthapuram

Call: 9846469959

Jose Thomas Performing Arts Center

JT Pac is conceptualized as an ecosystem to preserve, sustain, propagate and nurture the performing arts traditions of India In today’s world where performing artistes find themselves stuck in a situation where they have to choose between sustenance and their passion to preserve the integrity of their art. JT Pac aims to provide an environment a sanctuary where art will thrive, and artistes will find a platform to develop and work towards setting new standards not only in the realm of performances, but in the very culture of art appreciation. Their popular Productions feature 'The Relationship Agreement,' 'Shankunthalam' and 'Two Adorable Losers.'

Where: The Choice School Campus Tripunithura Nadama East, Kochi, Kerala

Call: 80868 81681

Kalamandalam Vijayan

Kalamandalam Vijayan is one of those authentic theater groups whose performances were telecasted on BBC, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel. It primarily focuses on Kathakali which is the oldest theater form in the world. Kathakali is a group presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.Kerala Kathakali Centre, under Kalamandalam VIjayan, is one of the famous theatre in south India Conducting Daily Kathakali and other shows. Apart from rich theater shows on Kathakali, this center focuses on Indian Classical Music, Dance, Yoga and Meditation. Short and long-term courses are given to train aspirants.

Where: KB Jacob Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi

Call: 04842215827

Kerala People's Arts Club

Kerala Peoples Arts Club primarily focuses on Children Theatre. It conducts Residential Theatre Camp which comes with a great deal of learning as well as fun. A batch of 60-80 children get to participate in this camp which takes place at KPAC Auditorium. Kerala Peoples Arts Club is known to produce 5 Childrens Theatre Shows in various parts of Kerala and all of them have been recognized for the talent and creativity display. These theatre camps and workshops are cuarted by the camp Director Professor S. Ramanujam. He is known to undertake several initiatives to promote children theatre and flourish the creativity of the toddlers.

Where: P.B No. 6, KayamKulam P.O.

Call: 2445078



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