The power of Kathakali 

In a recent workshop a student called Jack made a comment that expresses the foundation of Kathakali perfectly.

" Kathakali opened my eyes to how your face and hands can work together to convey a deeper meaning".


Actor Kalamandalam Vijayakumar

Photo credit - Garry Laybourn


Sacred communication

The anciet, sacred and sensitive combination of the facial expressions, emotions and hand gestures [Mudras] is is the reason Kathakali is one of the most powerful forms of storytelling in the world. 

The ability of Kathakali to impact on our audiences goes beyond words and reflects the essense of human nature.