The Government of Kerala with a vision and mission to provide facility for the highly talented music students of the Malabar region to learn the art of Classical Vocal and Instrumental Music established the Government Music Academy in the year 1957. The administrative control was vested with the Director of Public Instruction. The Music Academy offered four year Ganabhooshanam Diploma course in Vocal, Veena,Violin and Mridangam and three year Ganapraveena Post Diploma course in Vocal.
Eminent Exponents and Professors in the field of Classical Music and Instrumental Music served as Faculty members in the premier institution and their devotion and dedication for the cause of music, promotion and propagation of Classical Music has highly contributed for the success of Music education and has produced highly talented performing artists of excellence.Sangeetha Vidwan Sri.Madurai Keshava Bhagavathar was the first Principal.
In the year 1980, the Director of Collegiate Education took over the administrative control of the Music Academy. Considering the rich Musical and Cultural contributions of the great son of Palakkad , Legend Sri. Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, the Government decided to rename the Music Academy as Chembai Memorial Government Music College.
In the year 2000-2001, the premier institution was up graded and affiliated to the University of Calicut. The then existed Diploma and Post Diploma courses were re-structured as B.A. degree in Vocal,Veena,Violin and Mridangam.
The Post Graduate Course M.A. in Vocal (MUSIC) has commenced from the academic year 2011-2012.
Prof.P.SAMBAMURTHY Library has a very good collection of Music, Dance and Indology books.
Lecture Demonstration and Academic conferences are held in the Mridagam Wizard Palghat T.S.MANI IYER CONSERVATORY and eminent exponents interacts with the student and teachers. A fully equipped Dr.M.S.SUBBULAKSHMI RECORDING STATION is attached to the CONSERVATORY where students are exposed to record their music and also to understand the various techniques in recording system and sound production.
The college has separate hostel facility for Girls and Boys
The M.D.Ramanathan auditorium in the college campus is an added attraction.