Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar talked about her life as a chutti (Kathakali make up) artist on KAUMUDY TV, Kerala on 1st February 2017 at 2.30pm local time. 

Barbara revealed her journey overland to India in 1972 where she travelled through the mountains in Afghanistan on the top of a decorated lorry under a blanket, her arrival in India and getting off a train at the wrong stop by accident to find the Kerala Kalamanadalam.

This mistake would change her life! After receiving training by the great Govinda Warrier Ashan, she graduated in 1976 as the first female chutti artist in the world. 

Photo credit Mark Bennett - WOMAD FESTIVAL 2017 

43 years later she is still a chutti artist and together with her husband, Kathakali actor Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, she arranges Kathakali Tours of the UK bringing Kathakali to thousands of people! Watch this programme and get an idea of how Barbara lived such a unique life.

Come and see a Kathakali performance in the UK Sept - Nov 2017, click here
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