£35,000 Government`s Cultural Recovery Fund - success for Kathakali




The Kala Chethena Kathakali Troupe based in Southampton, UK, have some wonderful news - the Government`s Cultural Recovery Fund has awarded Kathakali £35,000 to survive until next Spring when we will start our Heritage project celebrating the life that lies behind the stunning Kathakali costumes - the people, the food, the arts and traditons. 

For information please follow the link What We’re Doing - The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company


Actors Kalamandalam balasubramanian and Kalamandalam Vijayakumar - photo credit - Mark Bennett




After 34 years dedicated to establishing Kathakali all over the UK through thousands of events, to include workshops, performances and exhibitions, we faced severe financial loss when Covid struck. Without the generous support of the Cultural Recovery Fund we would not have survived.




During the lockdown Kalamandalam Vijayakumar has invented, and published, a new sign language based on the classical Indian gestures called mudras. He has adapted this ancient sign language into the English alphabet. This is a major break through in visual communication as nobdy else has done this before. 

For lessons on line - free of charge - follow the link - https://www.kathakalimudras.com 





A massive thank you to the Cultural recovery Fund for supporting us in our hour of need.