Kalyan Kendra has the distinction of being the only silk sari showroom in North Kerala with a legacy
that dates back one hundred years. In fact, it was Kalyan Kendra which regenerated great selection for
pure silk saris in Kerala at a time when shoppers in Kerala preferred to go to Coimbatore, Chennai or
Bangalore, because these cities offered better quality and a wider range of saris.
In 1996, Kalyan Kendra won more acclaim by winning the Weaver's Award for the best silk sari showroom. With this honour, Kalyan Kendra has consistently come to be regarded as one of the best showrooms in India. Apart from its status as an exclusive sari showroom, Kalyan Kendra is also noted for its extensive salwar collection and men's wear range.
One of Kalyan Kendra's numerous advantages is that it enjoys a deep rooted and sound business relationship with traditional weavers, enabling them to sell even rare designs at reasonable prices. The Managing Director, Arshad Abdullah is deeply committed to ensuring that Kalyan Kendra's reputation for excellence is maintained-by travelling to various places in India to source the best for Kalyan Kendra. Kalyan Kendra is equally active in other realms. The most well known of these is its school, Vidya Kendra which conforms to international standards and truly strives to be "a school with a difference". Kalyan Kendra also has a charitable venture which benefits the underpriviledged, The showroom is now focusing on a green campaign which includes planting trees.
Kalyan Kendra has an entire floor set aside for wedding related purchases, called the wedding floor, it stocks everything that brides and grooms require. Similarly, a separate economy floor offers saris from Rs.129 onwards and salwar materials from Rs.169 onwards. The silver floor is set aside for the showroom’s huge collection of branded salwars and salwar materials. These exclusive designs are specially made by in-house designers. Other floors include the North Indian floor, Men's wear floor, salwar floor, ghagra/lehanga floor, designer saris and bridal salwars.
One of the highlights of the shopping calendar for connoisseurs is Kalyan Kendra's annual silk sari festival, held every year during Diwali, under various names like " The Great Sari Show", "Vivah","Muhurtham" etc, this show woos customers from all over the country . During the festival, the showroom exhibits a unique collection of saris for very reasonable prices. Year after year, this event pulls huge crowds.