KATHAKALI AND BHARATHANATYAM COSTUME BASED HERITAGE PROJECT kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Kalamandalam Vijayayakumar - Kathakali actor.
Bhagya Lakshmi - Bharathanatyam dancer.
This exciting project was inspired by the colour, design and symbolic importance of the Kathakali and Bharathanatyam costumes, their origin, their history and how they have carried the remarkable history of South India from the temples into the communities of this country.
The desire to make beautiful things, dance, play music, tell stories and decorate our bodies has existed since people became aware of their identity and is an integral part of our unique heritage.
Traditions carried through migration illustrate the importance that people play in the preservation of our culture and ultimately our heriatge.
About the Kathakali – BHARATHANATYAM COSTUME PROJECT.
The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, Bharathanatyam, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Maritime Museum, ASnet, London, local schools in Greenwich and The Malayalee Association UK [MAUK] will work together to create this exciting project over the next year - 2018 and 2019.
The project will include workshops, solo perfromances and a portable display of costumes.
We are looking for volunteers who would like to learn about the costumes, research into their ancient history and share their expereinces with others - for details please contact us.
Activity days, workshops and a display of costumes will be running from march 2019 - dates are still being selected so please watch this space or contact us.
There will be Open Days at The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Maritime Museum, Halley Academy [Blackheath], ASnet - London [Ilford] and MAUK in Barking - please come and join us!