Kerala Kalamandalam to open its courses to international students

SiK programme allows students from foreign universities to transfer credits earned at Kalamandalam to their varsities.
Kerala Kalamandalam
Kerala Kalamandalam

KOCHI: Exploring the possibility of developing the varsity into an international research centre for art and culture, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University is opening its courses to international students. The Study in Kerala (SiK) programme at Kerala Kalamandalam, administered by the Office of International Affairs, allows students from foreign universities to transfer credits earned at Kalamandalam to their home universities.

In a bid to align with the universities in the United States, Kalamandalam Vice Chancellor B Ananthakrishnan and registrar P Rajesh Kumar have gone to New Orleans to attend the National Higher Education International Expo in which representatives of around 1,000 varsities are participating.

Under the International Students Mobility Programme, students of US universities can pursue one semester of their undergraduate courses in a foreign university. During the four-day expo that starts on Tuesday, the Kalamandalam VC will meet representatives of around 15 universities. The team is also planning to sign a memorandum of understanding with a Malayalee Association in the US for promoting cultural exchange.

“Under the Study in Kerala Programme, we are offering an opportunity for undergraduate students of foreign varsities to enrol in the regular semester curriculum at Kerala Kalamandalam, as well as in courses developed by academic experts in frontier areas such as languages, social sciences, arts and culture, aligning with Kalamandalam’s curriculum framework. Additionally, we provide short-term courses ranging from three months to fourteen days, customised to meet the needs of students and their home institutions,” Ananthakrishnan told TNIE.

The courses can be on the political economy of Kerala festivals, gender and performing arts, Kerala culture and language, caste system, environment and science.

“After completing an orientation programme in both practical and theoretical aspects, the students can enrol for the regular semester programmes at Kalamandalam. We are planning to enter into an MoU with some varsities so that we can start the programme for the winter semester that starts in January 2025. We will also offer a faculty development programme under which the lecturers in US varsities can attend courses on performing arts in Kerala. We will be offering field visits also,” said Ananthakrishnan.

Students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 studying in the second, third and fourth-year undergraduate programme are eligible to apply.

Courses offered to international students

  • Kathakali (Theatre)

  • Kudiyattam (Sanskrit Theatre)

  • Performance Making (Theatre)

  • Bharatanatyam (Dance)

  • Kuchipudi (Dance)

  • Mohiniyattam (Dance)

  • Chenda (Percussion)

  • Chutty (Traditional Make-up)

  • Music (Carnatic Vocal and Instruments)

  • Modern Theatre

Customised individual courses for foreign students

  • Introduction to Kathakali

  • Overview of Kerala Performing Arts Tradition

  • Malayalam Language

  • Sanskrit Language

  • Hindi Language

  • Temple Festivals of Central Kerala – Myth, Belief, Spectacle and Society (Field-based course)

  • Political economy of festivals

  • Kalari ( Martial art tradition of Kerala)

  • Yoga

  • Environment and culture

  • 21st century Indian Literature

  • Kerala Modernity

  • Principles of ayurveda

  • Democracy and performance

  • Mother cult and performance traditions

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