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In 1968, Dr. Fr. Abel CMI, who was the life and soul of the institute Kalabhavan, established Christian Arts Club at Cochin (Kochi) in India. The very next year, In 1969, Kalabhavan came into existence as the formal, organized avataar of Christian Arts Club. Today it’s a unique Institution on the cultural map of India. 

It has played a major role in promoting various art forms, Classical, traditional and modern dances in India as well as abroad. A landmark and beacon in the cultural history of India,


Kalabhavan is a rich promise to the cultural revival of the country. Kalabhavan stands for the promotion of cultural talents, on a scale never before attempted by any other organisation governmental or public. 

This prestigious institution has been the grooming ground for music legends like Yesudas. S. Janaki, Sujatha and the South Indian superstars like Jayaram, Dileep, box office director Siddique and Lal among others. 



Kalabhavan has also earned international acclaim through its riveting stage programmes. Its troupes have been enthralling audiences all over the world over the past decades.In the Gulf, Kalabhavan UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman,

Qatar, London will leave no stone unturned in its quest to promote a whole range of fine arts including classical dance, folk dance, classical music, Western Music, percussion instruments, stringed instruments, drawing & paintings etc.. among the Asians, Arabs, Europeans, Americans etc.

Dr. Fr. Abel 




In the Kerala Catholic Church Dr. Fr. Abel, CMI, was a towering figure, having crafted much of its liturgy, including its songs, when the liturgical language was changed to Malayalam from Syrian. But in the state’s secular world, Dr. Fr. Abel had an equally impressive life, having created this art abode, Kalabhavan that nurtures thousands of talents every year. Dr. Fr. Abel was originally an academician, having done his doctorate in Journalism & Politics from Rome International University, and having taught at Devagiri College, Kozhikode. But nothing could silence the humming within. Looking back, Kalabhavan’s success can largely be attributed to two philosophies that Dr. Fr. Abel taught and lived. Love art and serve art lovers, without any considerations like caste, creed, rich, or poor. He also effortlessly demolished the caste identification of art forms like Mohiniyattom, Kathakali and Bharata Natyam, encouraging artistes from all communities to learn and master the art forms. Fr. Abel's panacea for organising children and youth and his credo – "catch them young" – helped him establish the concept of Kalabhavan. Hundreds of children fine-tune their skills in over 20 literary fields at Kalabhavan..


Kalabhavan is one of the oldest Music and Arts school in UAE since 2002. Since Elizabeth has taken over the management role in the beginning of year 2015 with her expertise there has been tremendous  improvement in the overall operations of Kalabhavan in UAE . She had implemented new academic  syllabus designed by Kalabhavan Kochi, and by appointing new and experienced faculties in key departments.

An ambitious woman entrepreneur who holds various ventures in UAE and India. A well experienced professional by serving  7 years of corporate and life with renowned companies like Dale Carnegie Kuwait and  Deloitte and Touch UAE.  Her profound  passion towards music and arts had lead her to take up Kalabhavan UAE.  She is also a business consultant  and founder of 'Aegis Consultants' in UAE. She believes to fulfil the mission and  vision dreamt by Dr. Fr. Abel



Elizabeth Joseph

MD & Academic Director 

Kalabhavan UAE


“From the days I came to know about Kalabhavan, it has grown by leaps and bounds and is an outstanding example for young talent to blossom. I am sure Kalabhavan will continue its ascendance to bring in large numbers of young faculties and give them the opportunity to unfold their inner being.”

Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer

Former Judge in the Supreme Court of India

“Numerous talented artists who frequented Kalabhavan have transcended their homeland and mother-tongue to become resounding successes. There is no doubt Kalabhavan remains at the forefront in crafting versatile artists.”


Film Actor

Fr. Abel effortlessly demolished the caste-identification of art forms like Mohiniaattam, Kathakali & Bharathanatyam, earlier associated with Hinduism, encouraging artists from other communities to master these art forms. Fr. Abel thus transcended not only his clerical moorings,  but he also displayed a unique sensitivity to the role of music and dance in melding cultures.

Leela Menon 

Senior Journalist

Kalabhavan was the turning point in my life


Film Actor

The only alternative to Kalabhavan is Kalabhavan


Director, Producer and Actor

Kalabhavan is indestructible by anyone



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