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Kodungallur Kovilakam came to be known as Gurukulam (centre of learning like Nalanda and Takshasila) and Scholars from all over Kerala used to live in the palaces and study Sanskrit and Vedic science
Kathakali

Pattikkamthodi Ravunni Menon is considered to the father of modern Kathakali practice. Bhagavathar Kunjunni Thampuran is the Guru of Pattikkamthodi Ravunni Menon and, hence, must be held in great honor in renaissance of Kathakali as the most popular art form from Kerala in the international forum. Kerala Kalamandalam, premier institition in Kathakali in kerala, has instituted an award in the name of Bhagavathar Kunjunni Thampuran, guru of Pattikkamthodi Ravunni Menon, the father of modern Kathakali practice, in 2004. This award is given to exponents of classical art forms such as Kathakali and Koodiyattom, below the age of 40

Guru Ammannu Madhava Chakyar
Guru Ammannu Madhava Chakyar, performance artist and Sanskrit scholar from Kerala, about his Guru Bhagavatar Kunjunni Thampuran: I have modified slightly the enactment of Balis death. I was emboldened to do this because of the training from Bhagavatar Kunjunni Thampuran of the Royal family of Kodungalloor. I went to Thampuran, who had done deep research in the art of drama, to learn the art strictly according to the principles laid down by Bharatha. .....
Padmashri Mani Madhava Chakyar
First major recognition for Padmashri Mani Madhava Chakyar was from Kodungallur Bhattan Thampuran. Mani Madhava Chakyar considered Mudramothiram from Kodungallur Bhattan Thampuran as the most prestigious award that he ever got

Magic
Vazhakunnam Neelakandam Namboothiri is considered as a father figure of Magic in Kerala. He had studied Maathangaleela under  Kochunni Thampuran of the Kodungallur Kovilakam.
Just as with other royal families in Kerala, there is not much written information about Kodungallur Kovilakam, except for very recent past. However, much of its history is part of folklore. This web site is a humble attempt to consolidate information scattered around and preserve for the benefit of posterity, with the hope that a rich culture based on social and human values is not lost in the onslaught of fast pace of modern life and new social order. Any kind of guidance and support in improving an authenticity would be very helpful. We request support, especially in terms of information and specific write up , from all members and well wishers of Kodungallur Kovilakam.