Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum in Thevara, Cochin is a classic example of a painstaking attempt to reincarnate the traditional art of Kerala heritage. The exquisite art forms of South India are showcased in this magnificent warehouse built with the sole aim of preserving and conserving our splendid tradition and culture.
The building itself is an exquisite ode to Kerala temple architecture,incorporating elements from Malabar, Cochin and Travancore styles. Wood, laterite stone and roofing tiles are used in the construction of the whole building, but the exterior and interior wooden works are made of antique architectural objects. The folklore museum showcases objects mostly from 15th to 20th century. Some of the objects date back to even 2000 years. The objects include masks, models, costumes of traditional art forms, antique musical instruments, ornaments, puppets, wood carvings, oil lamps, manuscripts written on palm leaf, sculptures made of copper, wood, bronze, terracotta and stone, paintings, etc…
A fifteenth century basement of carved stone with two stone elephants, stone frame and wooden door, intricate woodcarving of the ceiling which depicts tales from Hindu mythology are some of the appealing elements of the building.
The Museum shoppe is another attraction, which is meant for catering the needs of artifact collectors. It is for the first time in India, artifacts and antiques with a Provenance Certificate are displayed for purchase.
The Centre’s folklore theatres Kanjadalam and Kalithattu with their elaborate traditional architectural design have an excellent historical ambience. Professionals of Kerala’s traditional art forms present stage performances here.
Seminars, symposiums, art exhibitions etc… are other highlights of the Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum.
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