Kerala Kalamandalam was begun in 1927 but officially inaugurated on November 9, 1930 at Kunnakulam in Thrissur.

A bhakti based dance form, Krishnattam was influenced by the prevailing art forms, especially Jayadeva's Geeta Govindam. The beginnings of this art form lie with Manadevan Raja (1585-1658), the Zamorin of Kozhikode, who wrote ‘Krishnageethi’ in 1654. When it was subsequently choreographed, it came to be known as Krishnattam or dance of Krishna.
(‘Marginalised by the mainstream’ by KK Gopalakrishnan, The Hindu, June 24, 2007)

Krishnageethi was composed in 1654 before the era of the trinity of Carnatic music.

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