University of Calicut School of Drama and Fine Arts
The School of Drama and Fine Arts is a theatre training institute situated at Aranattukara, a suburb of Thrissur City. This institute is a Department of the University of Calicut. It is the only institution of its kind in Kerala that provides a formal education and training in drama and theatre. The school is affiliated with National School of Drama.
The institute was established in 1977 as a center for drama artists in Kerala. Under the able leadership of late Professor G. Sankara Pillai, the school within a short span of time earned the reputation as a highly creditable centre for studies in various areas of theatre and also a force behind theatre movement in Kerala. In 2000, the institute started the music department offering Post Graduate and PhD courses.
Leading film personalities who trained from School of Drama are:
- Shyama Prasad, Film maker
- Ranjith, screenwriter and film maker
- Rajesh Touchriver, screenwriter and film maker
- V. K. Prakash, Film maker
- Neeraj Madhav, Film actor