Sathi Kamala Hall, of Dharani School of Performing Arts, is a dream come true for Guru Shyamala Surendran and it serves as an aesthetic space for young dancers to learn and perform.
The spark for an auditorium began as a small idea that there should be a stage or a platform where students can perform without spending a fortune. What started as a small thought developed into a realization when she sold a piece of her ancestral land in Kannur and accumulated some capital to begin the construction. She had a clear vision of how the auditorium should look and had it designed in the traditional Kerala architecture. With help pouring in from well-wishers all over the world, she was able to make this vision happen within two years.
Inaugurated in June 2016 by her gurus, Padmabhushan Shri V.P. Dhananjayan and Padmabhushan Smt. Shanta Dhanajayan, the hall serves the dual purpose of a classroom and a mini theatre with good acoustics and has a seating capacity of 200. It was named ‘Sathi Kamala Hall’ after Sathi Devi, Shymala Surendran’s mother, and Kamala Janaki Raman, a close friend and dancer.
To-date , five arangetrams have been conducted by her students.