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RLV College of Music and Fine Arts

RLV College of Music and Fine Arts
Established 1936: Radha Lakshmi Vilasam Academy of Music
1956: RLV Academy of Music and Institution of Fine Arts
1997: RLV College of Music and Fine Arts
Type Public
Principal M. Balasubramoniam
Location Tripunithura, Kerala, India
Website [1]

RLV College of Music and Fine Arts is one of three dedicated Music college and a prominent fine arts college in Kerala. It is situated in Tripunithura, Cochin, Kerala and is affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. The other two music colleges are Swathi Thirunal College of Music, Trivandrum and Chembai Memorial Government Music College, Palghat. As of 2012-13, the principal of this institution is Prof. M. Balasubramoniam. [1]


The RLV College moved to a new campus as the riverside location where it operated for more than half a century was returned to the Cochin Royal Family.

RLV College present campus

Faculties and departments

Faculty of Music

Faculty of Performing Arts

Faculty of Visual Arts

  • Department of Painting
  • Department of Sculpture
  • Department of Applied Arts

Courses offered

  • Bachelor of Arts - Music and Performing Arts
  • Master of Arts - Music and Performing Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts - Visual Arts

Eminent past faculty

  • Nellai T.V. Krishnamurthy (Principal, Vocal) Parassala B Ponnammal (Principal, Vocal)
  • Mavelikkara R Prabhakara Varma (Principal, Vocal)
  • Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair (Kathakali vesham) Kalamandalam Kesava Poduval (Chenda)
  • Mavelikkara Ramanathan (Vocal music)
  • Cherthala Thankappa Panicker (Kathakali Sangeetham)
  • Neyyattinkara Vasudevan (Vocal music)
  • Kalakshetra Vilasini (Bharatanatyam)

Eminent alumni

  • K.J. Yesudas
  • Thiruvizha Jayashankar
  • Thonnakkal Peethambaran
  • Mayyanad Kesavan Namboodiri
  • Benoy Varghese
  • Vaikom Valliammal
  • Vaikom Vasudevan Namboothiri

List of principals

  • N. N. Narayana Bhagavathar 1956-57
  • K. R. Kumara Swamy Iyer 1957-66
  • K. S. Harihara Iyer 1966-68
  • Nellai T. V. Krishnamoorthy 1969-70
  • Parassala B. Ponnammal 1970-80
  • Mavelikkara R. Prabhakara Varma 1981-84
  • Smt. S. Janaki 1984-85
  • T. P. Mani Iyer1985-86
  • K. K. Dharmarajan 1986-88
  • P. Leela 1988-94
  • V. I. Suku 1994-96
  • Avaneeswaram Ramachandran 1996-98
  • Tripunithura K.Lalitha 2000-02
  • P. S. Vanajam 2002-2009
  • R. Kamakshi 2009-12
  • M. Balasubramoniam (2012-

"Welcome to RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Tripunithura". Retrieved 2012-05-31. 


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