In its golden jubilee year, the DC Kizhakemuri Foundation and DC Books has got the DC Kalamandir – a cultural center for the promotion of art, design, literature, and cinema – in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
Created by conservation architect Eugene Pandala, the DC Kalamandir is a mix of earthy and sophisticated and boasts a heritage and sustainable building.
The expansive complex of DC Kalamandir features a studio for cinema production, an art gallery, audio studios for dubbing and sound recording, a museum on publishing, a film theater, a library replete with lawns, and amphitheaters for hosting workshops, symposiums and enhancing community experience.
While The Kerala Literature Festival organized by the DC Kizhakemuri Foundation has garnered global attention, the DC Kalamandir is a neo-cultural sphere hosting extended formats of workshops, writers’ residencies, symposiums, literary meets, and art exhibitions. The center aims to explore and bring in vivid flavors of culture via research, innovation, and international collaborations.
DC Kalamandir began its cultural journey with prominent personalities such as Prem Kumar, vice-chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy; poet Alankode Leelakrishnan; Eugene Pandala, the creator- designer; Bhagyalakshmi, an artist, along with N Ramachandran, dean DCSMAT Institutions; Jayasankar Prasad, director DCSMAT Trivandrum, and Ravi Deecee, Publisher DC Books.