Preparing for the Kathakali costume exhibition planned for the Museum of Croydon in 2021.

Due to the Coronavirus we are unable to deliver our Kathakali workshops and performances until next year but there is still a lot of work to do to prepare the Kathakali costumes and masks.



Discover the life behind the Kathakali costumes


The aim of the exhibition, hosted by the Museum of Croydon and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is to celebrate the life behind these magnificent Kathakali costumes, the rituals, food, traditional dress, music and the people who created and nurtured them over the centuries. 


Workshops and performances


As part of the exhibition there will be workshops and performances suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Learn how a Kathakali actor uses gestures, expressions, emotion and characters to tell a story.

View the costumes close up, the intricate wood carving, hand woven fabric, decorated wooden ornements coverd in gold foil and how the three dimensional make up is created from white paper and rice paste.


Oral Histories

Memories of the people from Kerala, settled or working in Croydon, will share their stories through Oral History interviews to capture the life they left behind and the traditions they brought with them.



Come and join us


Please come and join us, make a mask, talk to the artists, ask questions and meet the people from Kerala as part of a series of Drop In Workshops held at the Museum of Croydon - Dates to be confirmed.

For more information please click on the link to our webpage - Event Dates



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