Who We Are

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company is the leading Kathakali group outside of India. Our vision is to make Kathakali accessible, understandable and enjoyable to people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds throughout the UK and internationally.

How it all began

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company was founded in 1987 by Kathakali make-up specialist, Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar and Kathakali actor, Kalamandalam Vijayakumar to bring the remarkable art and culture of Kathakali to the UK. Since then we have toured all over the UK enabling thousands of people to experience to powerful storytelling of Kathakali.

Our mission

Our mission is to deliver outstanding Asian theatre and culture through workshops and performances by eminent artists from India, to encourage equality, understanding and respect through a common enjoyment of the arts.

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company

We aim to provide exciting and imaginative work to encourage maximum participation in the arts. The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company provides a variety of workshops, an educational/community programme, training, exhibitions of our costumes plus national and international touring.