Vyloppilli Samskriti Bhavan
This building at Nalanda near Nandancode possesses the personal belongings of Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon, famous Malayalam poet. The atmosphere of the memorial is calm and soothing, with a well-designed landscape. A Multi Purpose Cultural complex also functions as part of the institution.
Asan Smarakam is memorial to Kumaran Asan, a great poet who was largely responsible for the renaissance of Malayalam poetry. It is located at Thonnakkal, the birth place of the poet. The small, thatched home in which Kumaran Asan was born has been protected as part of the monument. The memorial has also a fine collection of the manuscripts of some of Kumaran Asan’s finest poems and the awards he had received. The memorial also serves as a venue for many literary get-togethers.
Tagore Centenary Hall, popularly known as Tagore Theatre, is an indispensable name in the cultural life of Thiruvananthapuram. The theatre, founded in 1965 and owned by the State Government hosts many cultural events like plays, film shows, dance and music performances and seminars. The theatre, located on an area of six acres, can house about 1200 people.
Nishagandhi Open air auditorium
This fine, spacious open air auditorium set in the sprawling green surroundings of the Kanakakkunnu palace is one of the major cultural venues in Thiruvananthapuram.
Rangaprabhat Childrens’ Theatre
A theatre for children to express themselves- it was an idea of G. Sankara Pillai, a doyen of Kerala theatre, got a concrete form in the founding of Ranga Prabhat, the first ever theatre for children in India. The institution, which is located in a village known as Venjaramoodu, is now more than 35 years old. Apart from presenting children’s plays in front of child as well as adult audiences, the group is also keen to popularize the idea of a theatre of the children, by the children and for the children.
Bhasabharathi is the new name for the already established name ‘Sopanam’ in the dramatic arena of Kerala. Sopanam is largely responsible for bringing about a major change in the performing language of the dramas in Kerala. Started under the patronage of Kavalam Narayana Paniker, this theatrical group combined the folk, tribal and classical elements to create a style of its own. Bhasabharati is designed with a vision to further the achievements of Sopnam in an international level.
An organization dedicated to the learning and performances of the classical art forms of Kerala, Margi’s is a name that an art lover in Kerala can never overlook. Art forms like Kutiyattam, Koothu and Kathakali are taught here in a Gurukula manner. Started in 1970, Margi strives for the revival of the unique classical art forms of Kerala.
CVN Kalari Sangham, a martial art training centre in Thiruvananthapuram, was established in 1956 under the initiatives of C V Narayanan Nair, C V Balan Nair and Kottakkal Karunakara Gurukkal, who did a commendable job by rejuvenating the almost extinct art of Kalarippayattu. Located at East Fort, CVK Kalari is world-renowned and has learners from around the world. The training here begins at a very young age and the centre focuses on the physical, mental and spiritual development of the disciple, which is well reflected in the performing of the martial art, Kalarippayattu.
Shivananda Yoga Vedanta centre
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centre in Thiruvananthapuram is a pioneer institution in the training of Yoga, an ancient Indian tradition of physical as well as mental exercise. The centre started functioning in 1987 under the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. Apart from offering classes on this age-old tradition, Sivananda centre has also contributed much in popularizing the philosophy of Yoga.
Kerala State Chalachitra Academy
Founded in 1998, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy promotes cinema as a means of cultural expression and transformation. The Academy undertakes many programmed towards this end, the most important in them being the organizing of the annual International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). The Academy also promotes film societies to spread film literacy among people, produce publications and periodicals, conduct film appreciation courses, seminars and workshops. A film archive with a fine collection of international celluloid classics is another venture by the Academy.
Indian School of Martial arts (ISMA)
Established in 1983, Indian School of Martial Arts (ISMA), is a prominent institution in Thiruvananthapuram which imparts training in Kalarippayattu, the martial art of Kerala. ISMA houses a traditional Kalari, the arena for practicing Kalarippayattu and a centre for Kalari Chikitsa, a unique style of treatment. The roof garden is a treasure house of herbs used for the preparation of medicines. ISMA also offers simple accommodation and food for guests and visitors. But what attracts students of history to this place are the ancient palm leaf manuscripts (Olagranthas).