|The concept of Vijnana Kalavedi Centre emerged from the mind of young French artiste, Ms. Louba Schild. Deeply drawn towards the beauty and expression in some of the ancient art forms of Kerala, she was inspired to share her vision of Indian culture with others.||
In 1976, she rented a building on the banks of the sacred river Pamba and invited a few of the best teachers in Kerala to initiate a small group of French people interested in discovering "Her Kerala".
Vijnana Kalavedi was officially registered as a charitable association under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Society Act of 1955 with the aims of:
|Providing foreign artists, researchers and culturally oriented tourists with opportunities to become acquainted with the culture and art of India, particularly of Kerala.|
|Preserving the traditional arts and crafts of Kerala in their and spiritual context|
|Fostering the artistic education of youngsters in Kerala.|
Through the years Vijnana Kalavedi had grown into a unique institution in India, offering training in 18 subjects, ranging from theatre, dance, music, martial art, to languages, Ayurveda, sculpting, painting and cooking. The Centre had grown to accommodate about 200 foreign and 100 local students every year with increasing demand every day.
The Centre had evolved into a model of cultural tourism. It was recognized as, "a cultural educational institution engaged in the teaching and promotion of traditional arts and Indian culture", by the Department of Culture, Government of Kerala. The Centre was also recognized by the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala. It had been included in the Cultural Resource Directory by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and was a member of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH and of the District Tourism Promotion Council of Pathanamthitta District, Kerala.
Over the years various organizations like UNESCO, Sangeet Natak Academy (Delhi & Kerala), Ministry of Culture (India & Kerala), Ministry of Tourism (Kerala), UNDP and many individuals like Madame Nadia Schild Chipiloff (Musician & Therapist, Paris), Mr Pushpa Das (Former director of IFPC, UNESCO), Marine Pitoeff, Padmasree Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair (Eminent Kathakali artist & late patron of the Centre), Dr D Babu Paul (IAS, Chief patron of the Centre) etc had supported Vijnana Kalavedi Centre.
|Our vocation, for 3 decades, had been to teach foreign artists and to introduce visitors from various countries to the culture of India, making them the best ambassadors of Indian culture. We had also been working, with more and more urgency, in various ways, to keep alive traditional arts and re-introduce their values in the day-to-day life of the local population.|
|In the years 1979-80, the Centre received a grant from IFPC (International Fund for Promotion of Culture), UNESCO and organized a large number of performances, concerts, workshops, exhibitions and offered several scholarships to children and youngsters to pursue their art education within the Centre as well as at other centres in Kerala.|
|In 1981, the Centre organized workshops on Kathakali for school children at an ‘India' Festival at the Museum of Modern Art, Paris.|
|In 1991, the Centre organized a week-long festival called ‘Saagara' at Kovalam sponsored by the Government of Kerala. As part of this festival, performances, workshops and exhibitions took place on the seashore.
In 1991, the Centre also organized a seminar on traditional architecture following it up with a project proposal for the creation of a Centre for Traditional Architecture & Mural Painting. The Government of Kerala took up the project, establishing the Vastu Vidya Gurukulam at Aranmula. Ms Louba Schild was appointed Vice Chairperson of the Institution.
|For three years from 1996 onwards, the Centre worked in partnership with UNESCO, offering a six month residency at Aranmula for young professional artists from third world countries to learn traditional music and dance, under the programme IFPC-ASCHBERG Bursaries for Artists.|
|In 1997, a theatre workshop, sponsored by the South Zone Cultural Centre, was organized at the Centre by Sri Kavalam Narayana Panicker and his theatre troupe.|
|In 2001, the Centre received official recognition from the Department of Culture and the Department of Tourism. In the same year, the Centre offered scholarships to 10 children to learn Kathakali at the renowned Kathakali village, Vellinezhy.|
|The Centre celebrated the year 2002 as its 25th anniversary Jubilee Year. On December 13th the Centre was honored by a visit from the respected Chief Minister of Kerala, Sri A K Antony.|
|In the year 2003, the Centre started the ‘Volunteer to Teach English" programme in the nearby Malayalam medium schools, with the official recognition of the General Education Department, Government of Kerala.|
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