Kalabhavan (meaning "the house of arts"), also known as Cochin Kalabhavan, is a centre for learning performing arts in Kochi, India.[1][2] Kalabhavan is notable and known for being the first organized performing mimicry group in Kerala and which popularised the art of mimicry in the state of Kerala. Ever since its founding, Kalabhavan has served as a grooming centre for acting aspirants. Hence, Kalabhavan has contributed numerous actors as well as film directors to Malayalam cinema.

Formation3 September 1969; 51 years ago (1969-09-03)
FounderFr. Abel
HeadquartersKalabhavan Road, Kochi, Kerala, India

Founded on 3 September 1969,[3] by C.M.I. priest Fr. Abel,with the help of K. K. Antony, a music teacher, and K.J. Yesudas, then a budding playback singer, started Kalabhavan as the Christian Arts Club to promote Christian music,[4] what Kalabhavan initially took up was producing Christian religious songs. Later they moved on to 'Ganamela' (Concerts for film songs).[5] Mimicry performances of individual artists were used as 'fillers' in between stage programs. Later, mimicry was organized as a team event to form the now popular 'Mimics Parade'.

The professional mimicry troupe of Kalabhavan began with a team of 6 consisting of Siddique, Lal, Anzar, K. S. Prasad Varkkichan and Rahman (comedy actor). It was this team that invented 'Mimics Parade' in the present form.

In 2015 Kalabhavan opened its UAE centre at Sharjah (Kalabhavan Sharjah)

Notable alumniEdit

(In chronological order)


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  3. ^ kalabhavan.org
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  5. ^ "ganamela.com". Archived from the original on 28 February 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2011.