Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam

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Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam
ഉണ്ണായി വാര്യര്‍ സ്മാരക കലാനിലയം
AffiliationGovernment of Kerala
Vice-ChancellorPuthur Achutha Menon
Administrative staff
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Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam (Malayalam: ഉണ്ണായി വാര്യര്‍ സ്മാരക കലാനിലയം) is a performing arts training institution in Irinjalakuda in Thrissur District of Kerala. The centre is affiliated with the Government of Kerala.[1]


The institution was established in 1955 in memory of Unnayi Variyar, renowned writer of Nalacharitham. It is governed by a body of 12 persons elected from the general council consisting of 102 life members.[citation needed] Former prime minister of Cochin Panampilly Govinda Menon inaugurated the centre.[2]

Courses and performances[edit]

The centre offers courses in Kathakali vesham, Kathakali music, Kathakali chenda, Kathakali maddalam, Kathakali chutty, Koppupani (crafting of accessories & other costumes), Classical music, Violin, Bharathanatyam, Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi.

Public performances are conducted on Republic Day, Independence Day, the third Thursday of every month, 6 October, 12 July and Navarathri.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "UNNAYI WARRIER SMARAKA KALANILAYAM". Kerala Tourism. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Unnayi Warrier Smaraka Kalanilayam - About Kalanilayam". kalanilayam.com. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Unnayi Warrier awards announced". The Hindu. 12 October 2004. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Kalanilayam takeover: feasibility study begins". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Percussion artiste finds his rhythm in his native soil". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 May 2013.