About Chavara


Chavara Cultural Centre is a voluntary, non-sectarian, non-political institution for study and service. Established in 1971 by the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the Centre is devoted to the unified development of art and culture as well as the promotion of faith in the Supreme Oneness of God through religious brotherhood.

Christened after the great missionary St. Cyriac Elias Chavara – the founding father of the CMI congregation. Chavara Cultural Centre has always been at the forefront in organizing programs that address the concerns of the youth in our midst and instill in them the inner strength to move forward in life.

Strategically located within the hub of the bustling city of Cochin in Kerala, this centre is effectively managed by the priests of the CMI congregation. For the past three decades, Chavara Cultural Centre has been fulfilling its humanitarian mission by establishing over 200 educational institutions across India, including prestigious colleges such as the Christ College Bangalore, S. H. College Thevara, Kochi, Rajagiri Institutions, Kalamasserry and St. Josephs College, Devagiri, Kozhikode among many others.

In addition to conducting World Religious / Inter-faith Conferences, National Festivals, Cultural Celebrations, Seminars, Symposiums and Theatre workshops, the centre also runs a well-stocked public library and reading room for the general populace. The centre also provides foreign language classes in French and English, professional training in world music (vocal / instrumental) as well as contemporary dance forms.

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