History

Lasyakalakhetra was established in 1993,in Pilathara, Kannur district, in the state of Kerala , in india.

Sri.P Appukkuttan , former secretary of the Kerala Sangeetha nataka Akademi and the present chairman of Lasyakalakhetra; sri Thamban Kambrath,a make up artist and drama activist and the present secretary of the organization and sri M Divakaran master , a social worker were the people who took the initiative in establishing the institution. Smt. Kalamandalam Latha, sri kalamandalam Sukumaran, sri Madhavan Kambrath, late sri Swathi Narayanan,

sri O Kunhikannan subsequently became members of the organizing Committee. The organization was registered as a charitable society (No 650 of 1994 under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860) in 1994.

Under the auspices of Lasyakalakshetra, Lasya College of Music and Dance was established in 2001.It was affiliated to Indira Kala Sangeetha University, Undergraduate courses and Diploma courses in Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music were started in 2001 and post graduate courses were started in 2005.Dr Vasundhara Doraiswami, late Dr. Neyyattinkara Mohanachandran, and late sri M P Susheelkumar were the Heads of Departments of Bharathanatyam, Carnatic Music and Percussion respectively. Prof George S Paul was the course co-ordinator and sri K Ramachandran was HOD, English Department.

On the basis of an MOU signed with the Kannur University, a community college named Lasya College of Fine Arts was established in the Lasyakalakhetra campus in 2011.BA degree courses in Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music and MA degree course in Bharatanatyam were now shifted to this college under Kannur University.

Many students from Kerala as well as other states in this country are trained in music and dance under various courses and they receive graduate and postgraduate degrees of the Kannur university today. In addition to these, basic coaching classes in fine arts are offered to students including foreigners.

Apart from providing instruction in fine arts, opportunities are there for performing kutcherys and watching performances of classical art forms. The performance wing of Lasyakalakshetra has presented several dance fusions and performances of bharatanatyam, kuchipudi , and Mohiniyattom all over India and abroad. Ganga Pulijanmam,Kurukshetra, Karuna, Navarasa, Narayana Navavidha Bakthi, Ente Chonna Manninte Pattu,Geetagovindam , Madhavam etc are a few examples of our highly appreciated programmes. Every year we conduct a week- long arts festival named Lasyafest .

Northern Kerala, “the land of looms and lores ‘ is blessed with the presence of gifted artistes ; but lacked a competent institution to impart excellent training in dance , music and other fine arts .Lasya filled this vacuum in a unique way as it combined the merits of the gurukula system with academic curriculum and degrees. The Kannur university has certainly enhanced the quality and status of the institution.