Please join us in Croydon next spring for a celebration of Kathakali and the culture of Kerala, south India.


Kathakali artist Kalamandalam Balasubramanian -  Chutti [Makeup] Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar -  Photo credit Mark Bennett.



Our heritage project, based in Croydon and due to start in March 2022, aims to provide an exciting opportunity for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to explore the life behind the beautiful Kathakali costumes.   


After months of waiting we are planning an exhibition of Kathakali, Bharatantayam and Mohiniattam costumes, photographs and a display of the traditional dress of Kerala. These costumes will come alive through workshops and perfromances to celebrate the remarkable heritage behind the costumes - the people, the food, the rituals and the music all coming together to create an experience of Kerala.


Who is involved

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company

The Museum of Croydon

The Kerala community

Archbishop Lanfranc Academy - secondary school

Play For Progress - support for young people

Subrang Arts - Gujurati culture

Beeja Arts- Bharatanatyam dance

Rolf Killius - Oral Histories

Cole Williams - film



As the dates are confirmed we will publish them on our web site - so please keep in touch.



Drama based workshops

Learn how a Kathakali actor and a Bharatanatyam dancer moves, shows emotion and tells a story through gestures, facial expressions, characters and movement. 


Mask Workshops

Come with your family to make a mask, have it displayed as part of the exhibition then take it home.


Meet the people


Talk to the artists, meet people from Kerala settled in Croydon, ask questions, discover a world behind the costumes that has survived for centuries and make new friends. 



Kindly supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.