Kathakali is ancient and classical in nature and holds centuries of tradition and culture. It is not simply a dance-drama but an act of devotion featuring the universal struggle between good and evil. Kathakali provides a window into the past and an opportunity to understand the ancient traditions that have been preserved for centuries in the Kathakali plays.

UK Tour 2016


Kathakali costumes are stunning and represent the Hindu deities through the most remarkable visual images in the world of theatre. The costumes have evolved over the last 500 years but the colours, designs, materials and skills have been carefully handed down through the generations to keep their original proportions and design.

Southampton Art Gallery