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The RLV College of Music and Fine Arts,Tripunithura was established in the year 1936 by the Cochin Royal family.  His Highness KERALA VARMA MITUKAN THAMPURAN and H.H. LEKSHMIKUTTY NETHYARAMMA with a vision in promoting and propagating various forms of Art and Culture had established the premier institution. The institution was named after the King’s daughter Radha and Wife Lakshmi and the temple of Arts was named as RADHA LAKSHMI VILASAM ACADEMY.

We the members of the RLV family pay our respects to the Founders of the College.

In 1956, this institution was brought under the administrative control of the government of Kerala and was renamed as RLV Academy of Music and Fine Arts conducting Diploma and Post Diploma Courses in Vocal Music, Bharathanatyam, Kathakali, and Painting.

In the year 1998 the college was up-graded and affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and the then existed Diploma and Post Diploma courses were re-structured as Degree and P.G. courses.   At present the college offers B.A. and M.A. courses in Vocal Music, Veena,Violin,Mridangam, Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattom, Kadhakali Vesham, Kadhakali Sangeetham, Chenda , Maddhalam and B.F.A. and M.F.A. Courses in  Painting ,Applied Art and Sculpture. The present student strength of this college is 410.

It gives immense pleasure to inform that R.L.V.College of Music and Fine Arts, is an abode of Art, Culture and Literature. The Higher Education Department of the Government of Kerala has been instrumental in building up this premier institution as Centre of Excellence for Music, Performing Arts and Fine Arts learning. I am very proud to say that the disciplined atmosphere in the campus, the unity among the student community and Faculty members of this prestigious institution has paved way for the success of this institution.

Great stalwarts, Eminent Scholars and Gurus who had served in this premier institution have paved way to see that the EDUCATION system in the RLV campus is handled with great care giving more prominence in preserving the rich Culture and Heritage. Our humble musical homage and pranams to all former Gurus.

The Temple of Arts has completed 75 years of Glorious service to the cause of Music, Naatya and Fine Arts education. The Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the premier institution was organised with a week long Festival from 3.10.2012 to 9.10.2012 in which India's top ranking Musicians, Instrumentalists, Scholars participated and blessed the student fraternity .Being the Head of this institution, I look forward to the patronage and support of all lovers of Fine Arts, Music and Performing Arts in strengthening this institution and building up this College  as a CENTRE OF INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR MUSIC,PERFORMING ARTS and FINE ARTS LEARNING.

I also take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the Hon’ble Government of Kerala, the State Planning Board  and to all the administrative heads  for their valuable encouragement and patronage in promoting the learning of  MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS , FINE ARTS  and preserving the rich tradition.

All the officers of the Directorate of Collegiate Education has been instrumental in carrying out the developmental activities of the College. The timely guidance from the academic and examination wing of the Mahatma Gandhi University has helped in the smooth  conduct of the academic system in the college.

Our special thanks are due to the Media fraternity for extending all possible coverage and publicity  for the academic, artistic and cultural developments of RLV.

I express my sincere thanks to all the members of the College Development Committee, Parent Teacher Association, College Staff Council, College Students Union and finally to the Old Students forum for their support and co-operation.

The support extended to this institution by the authorities of the Tripunithura Municipality, Public Work Department both Civil and Electrical sections , Water Authority, Kerala State Electricity Board,Police Officials, all the officers of the Directorate of Collegiate Education and the efficient office staff of the RLV , needs special mention and on behalf of the RLV family we express our sincere thanks for their co-operation.

Finally the learned public of TRIPUNITHURA has been giving all support to see that this prestigious TEMPLE OF ARTS is elevated to higher status in the ART EDUCATION MAP OF THE WORLD.

I am very fortunate and blessed  to be the head of the premier institution when the Temple of Arts is celebrating the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. My humble pranams to my Gurus and parents for their blessings.

Prof. M.Balasubramoniam

Principal ( 2012-2014 )