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Kalasoudham, for traditional music and dance | Cochin

What you see – At first sight Kalasoudham seems like a small space with a name board at the entrance. As we walked into the institute we came across the decorated photos of deities like Ganapathi, Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi. The spacious hall where the students are instructed has an old gurukul feel. The greenery and tranquil atmosphere add to the ambience.
 
What you get – Kalasoudham as the name implies, is a house of arts where your kids can learn painting, drawing, classical vocal and instrumental music.
 
The institute offers training in various musical instruments like the tabla, mouth organ, violin (both eastern and western), veena, drums, mrudangam and chenda (cylindrical percussion instrument of Kerala). They also provide training in Carnatic classical singing, light music, classical dances like Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and folk dance. Cinematic dance is also taught here for interested students.
 
MetroMela was informed that the classes are conducted only on Saturdays and Sundays so that the main education of students is not affected. The classes here start at 9 AM in the morning on these days and students can select a convenient time. The instructors here are professionally qualified and experienced. At this institute, the teachers play a piece of music and then the students are asked to repeat the same. We were told that this mode of instruction helps students increase their concentration and listening skills.
 
At Kalasoudham, students are assessed on the basis of their skill, speed and accuracy in playing musical instruments. The fee for learning musical instruments here is Rs. 150 per month which includes eight classes. For dance classes it is Rs. 200 per month. Students are given opportunities to perform in temple festivals and other programs conducted by the institute.
 
Our verdict – Kalasoudham offers extra-curricular training for kids in an atmosphere that is free from the pollution and disturbances of the city. It is easy to locate this institute since it is at the Vyttila junction opposite KR Bakes. Though it trains the students in various musical instruments, they don’t prepare the students for any formal examinations like the ones from Trinity College of Music.

Anytime between – 9 AM – 6 PM (only on Saturdays and Sundays)
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