Kalamandalam Kesavan Kutty

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‘Chenda’ being performed by Kalamandalam Kesavankutty

Chenda is a cylindrical percussion instrument used widely in the state of Kerala, India. It is also used in some parts of Karnataka and where it is called Chende.Chenda is mainly used as an accompaniment in Hindu religious art forms of Kerala. Chenda is used as accompaniment for Kathakali, Koodiyattam among many forms of dances and rituals in Kerala. It is also used in a folk dance-drama called Yakshagana popular in Karnataka.

Kerala Kalamandalam is a major center for learning Indian Performing Arts especially those that developed in the Indian state of Kerala. It is situated in the village of Cheruthuruthy in Trissur district near the banks of Bharathapuzha River.

It was founded in 1930 by late poet Vallathol Narayana Menon and Manakkulam Mukunda Raja. Kalamandalam imparts training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam, Thullal and Panchavadyam. Kalamandalam follows the Gurukula system of education, the ancient Indian education system.