The revival of the Malayalam stage was initiated by the late P.S.Varier, the founder of Arya Vaidya Sala. It was under his patronage that the Parama Siva Vilasam Dramatic Company was started in Kottakkal to promote Malayalam drama, at a time when only Tamil drama club had their sway. A permanent hall to stage Malayalam dramas, was built at Kottakkal. Later, this dramatic club was renamed as P.S.V.Natysangham here Kathakali is the main programme now. A Kathakali School is also run by the Natysanghom.

Of the popular theatre, K. Damodaran's Pattabakki and Cherukad's Nammal Onnu played an important role.

Kolkali, Daff Muttu and Aravana Muttu of Muslim community are important folk art forms of the district. Chavittukali or Chermakkali is another ancient folk art of Malappuram. The living exponent of Sopana Sangetha, Nheralath Rama Poduval, hails from Angadipuram.

The district has a good network of libraries. The Kerala Grandhasala Sanghom is very active here. Under the Library Council, there are 332 affiliated libraries, 140 in Ernad, 86 in Tirur, 66 in Perintalamanna and 40 in Ponnani taluks. Under the district Library Council, 4 taluks Library Unions are functioning.

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