2021 Onwards




Like everyone else we were struck down by covid and had to put everything on hold. Schools were shut to the general public, museums and theatres closed nd travel impossible. 

We spent the time preparing fro when we came out of lockdown and could start of Life Behind the Costume heritage project in Croydon. 

Kalamandalam Vijayakumar launched the first digital, interactive dictionary of Kathakali sign language - www.kathakalimudras.com






Life behind the Costume - exhibition - workshops and performances


We delivered our project including performances, workshops and three exhibitions at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Norbury Library and The Museum of Croydon. We provided performances and workshops in Kathakali, led by Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, Bharatanatyam, led by Anusha Subramanyam, and Chenda [drumming] led by Vinod Navadhara featuring artists from Sangeetha and MAUK.


The workshops were enjoyed by audiences attending events at Subrang Arts, Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Museum of Croydon, Norbury Library and the Museum of Croydon.


To complete the exerience Kerala food, arranged by Chenda artist - Prakash Ramaswarmy, was served at the performances in the Museum of Croydon. The Chenda Melam provided by Sageetha and MAUK artists at the Museum of Croydon brought the sounds of Kerala into the exhibition. 




The exhibition at the Museum of Croydon was so popular that the museum extended the exhibition until 16th September - open Mon, Wed and Fri - 11.00 - 4.00


Through the exhibition people were able to discover the culture of Kerala, view in detail the Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam costumes, traditional dress of Kerala, films and photographs. Exlpore the Handling Box to feel the weight, texture, sound and shape of sections of the Kathakali costumes.


Photo credit Rolf Killius




Museum of Croydon Croydon Clocktower Katharine Street CR9 1ET Tel 020 8253 1022 www.museumofcroydon.com


For full details please follow the link below.





NOTE: If you can not understand the Kathakali gestures - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar is providing free lessons online please visit https://kathakalimusdras.com