Gurukripa nadan kalakendram was founded by Sri. V. Banu Asan one of the pioneer of Travancore folklore, on 11 may 1997 with intention of the revival of folklore arts which are being extinct.

The institution has been registered under charitable society Act in 2000 (Reg.No:T3436/2000). The academy is situated in Kzhakkunnu, a small province in Panavoor panchayath in Nedumangad Taluk and it is about 30 km far from Trivandrum city. The institution has been giving classes and training for different folk arts like CHENDAMELAM, THIRUVATHIRAKKALY, OTTEN THULLAL and certain vernacular arts such as CHARADUPINNIKKALI, KOLATTAKKALI, KAKKARISSI NADAKAM, etc.

The academy has been finding out those students who are talented and financially backward and giving the training in Folk Arts. The academy also helps the deserving students for getting stipend and scholarship from Kerala sangeetha nadaka academy, Kerala Folklore Academy and Government of India (CCRT).

The academy is the first one in Kerala which formed a CHENDMELAM group to girls. On proper training and experiences the academy could perform many stages through this troop and obtain a lot of awards and fame, and won great attention of media. In 2005 the WOMEN SINKARIMELA group was formed and performed many stages in kerala and abroad.

With the economical aid of Baratha Sarkar Nehru Yuva Kendra and Kerala Kudumba sree mission, the academy could organise and perform on many stages in various parts of India. The academy was an inspiring presence in the AIDS awareness programme conducted by Central government. The academy also took part with Arts Festival at Selam Erkkad in Tamil Nadu Organised by South Zone Cultural Centre and in the Chennai Sangamam Organised by Government of TamilNadu. Now we are presents Art programmes in the cultural programme titled "UTSAV" conducted by Kerala tourism department. The academy also has live presence on the platform of School, University Youth festivals and keralotsavam etc.

Sri. Banu Asan the founder master of Gurukripa nadan kalakendram was adorned with the Kerala Folklore Academy Award in 1999 and he won the Sangeetha nadaka academy awards in the following years. In 2009 he was honored with the Fellowship for his contribution in giving training to the folk art CHARADUPINNIKKALY. In the same year, Sri. Pirappancode Maniyan Asan who are the instructor and trainer of Gurukripa exclusively for Kakkarissi Nadakam, got Folklore Academy Award.

Gurukripa nadan kalakendram started its functions in1997 with a least number of 13 students. But now more than 200 students are studying under the academy. The youth club under the patron ship of institution named Gurukripa Youth Development centre is lively functioning at present here. The club is successfully discharging it's functions on an voluntary ground through proper co-operation, co-ordination and consolination of various activities of nearby art clubs.

  • Shinkarimelam
  • Charadupinni Kali
  • Chendamelam
  • Kakkarissi Natakam
  • Theyyam
  • Kathakali
  • Thiruvathirakali
  • Ottan Thullal
  • Kalarippayattu