The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company is delighted to welcome Kalamandalam Balasubramanian to join the company for our Kathakali UK Tour 2017. A top Kathakali specialist in the heroic characters and ex principal of the Kerala Kalamandalam, this outstanding Kathakali actor has performed internationally for five decades, bringing quality Kathakali to thousands of people worldwide. 

He was part of the Kathakali UK Tour in 2015 and totally captivated the audiences, including small children, helping us to make Kathakali more accessible to western communities - especially families. 

Kathakali has perfected visual theatre for over 500 years and Kalamandalam Balasubramanian has the extraordinaryability to bring his characters alive, reach in to the imagination of the audience and take them into the magical world of storytelling. 

Performers Kalamandalam Balasubramanian and Kalamandalam Vijayakumar - Womad Festival 2015
Photo credit Mark Bennett

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