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Kia Koti Kali - ancient dance ritual by the women of Kerala - can be seen on 21st May at The Museum of Croydon
Photo credit Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar
October 2021 to July 2022.
“Life Behind the Costume” heritage project, presented by The Kala Chethena Kathakali Troupe, based at the Museum of Croydon and kindly funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, will be starting in October 2021.
This project features exhibitions, performances and workshops to explore the culture of Kerala and the remarkable world behind the Kathakali costumes - the history, festivals, people, traditions, food and the arts. Kerala has preserved it`s heritage for centuries as a testemony of how people value and celebrate their identity.
The activities will be led by internationally renowned artists:
Kathakali - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar and Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar.
Bharatanatyam - Anusha Subramanyam
Chenda [drumming] by Vinod Navadhara
Oral History by Rolf Killius
Rolf Killius, Oral History specialist, will be training people to collect Oral Histories safely and leaglly from the people of Kerala who are settled, or work in, Croydon. These memories will be lost in a single generation if they are not recorded. This valuable documentation will enable future generations to hear the stories and recollections of .the past.
For further information please contact Rolf on: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 19th and 20th 2022
Subrang Arts - Croydon
Subrang Arts will be hosting two workshops and a Kathakali performance.
March 19th - a drama based workshop to discover how a Kathakali actor tells a story through gestures, facial expressions, movement and characters - 2.00pm - 4.00pm
March 20th - Learn about the Kathakali characters then make as mask based on the traditional make up designs - 1.30pm - 3.00pm
See a performance of Kathakali highlighting the dignity of women and their right to be respected and safe. - 4.00pm - 5.00pm
led by professional Kathakali artists from Kerala, southren India.
April 2nd - April 21st
Exhibition of Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam costumes.
The Norbury Library, 1 Beatrice Ave, Norbury, London.
Tel: 020 7884 5215
April 2nd and 21st
Workshop in how a Kathakali actor tells a story - 11.00 - 11.45
See the make up process and meet the artists - 11.45 - 12.30
Finish with a Kathakali performance featuring the dignity of women. - 2.00 - 3.00
Exhibition of Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam costumes
Ideal for 6 years and over to access Asian stories and culture. .
April 30th - May 21st 2022
The Museum of Croydon, 19 - 18 Katharine St, Croydon. CR9 1ET
Tel: 020 8253 1022
The Museumm of Croydon will be hosting a colourful exhibition of Kathakali, Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam costumes, traditional dress of Kerala, photographs and films.
30th April - Exhibition opens
1.45pm onwards – Chenda Melam - drumming
2.00pm – welcome and open exhibition.
2.10pm – Kathakali demonstration
2.20pm – Bharatanatyam performance
2.35pm – Kathakali film
2.40pm – Kathakali performance
3.20pm – Kathakali ends
3.20pm – Meet the artists
3.30pm – Kerala refreshments and view exhibition
4.00pm - Chenda Melam to bring the exhibition opening to a close.
A Kathakali drama based workshop - 11.
A workshop in Kathakali mask making
A workshop in Chenda [drumming]
Take part in a workshop and feel the exhibition come alive - hear the sounds of Kerala, see how the costumes create a character and tell stories through acting, movement and emotion.
21st May 6.00pm - 8.00pm
and an evening of Kerala culture on 21st May to bring the exhibition to a close. The evening will feature performances of Kathakali and Bharatanatyam, a guided tour of the exhibition and performances of Chenda Melam - drumming and Kia Koti Kali [folk dance performed by women]. Delicious Kerala food will complete the evening.
Performances by internationally renowned artists:
Kathakali - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar and makeup by Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar
Bharatanatyam - Anusha Subramanyam
Chenda [drumming] Vinod Navadhara
Beeja Dance Company - Croydon
Date to be confirmed
Will be hosting two workshops to explore the heritage and techniques of Bharatanatyam and Kathakali.
led by Kalamandalam Vijayakumar and Kalamanadalam Barbara Vijayakumar
Play for Progress - Croydon
Date to be confirmed.
Will host two workshops exploring the ancient healing qualities of Kathakali to focus the mind and body.
Explore how stories can be told through emotion, gestures and body language and the power of visual theate.
The Kerala Community - Croydon.
Dates to be confirmed. .
As the project comes to an end the Kerala community of Croydon will provide the powerful druming of Chenda Melam, the centuries old dance of Kia Kotti Kali and delicious Kerala food. Their ancestors created and nurtured these remarkable arts so it is appropriate that the Kerala community bring this project to a close during a celebration of Onam.
For more information please contact us.
A Dictionary of Kathakali Mudras - sign language
Learn - Understand - Enjoy.
Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, Kathakali actor and co-founder of the Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, has created the first digital interactive Dictionary of Kathakali Mudras [sign language] in the world.
Now people can learn the Mudras [gestures] used in Kathakali to tell a story and understand what the actors are actually saying.
To access the first interactive Dictionary of Kathakali Mudras in the world please click here Kathakali Mudras
For an introduction lesson in Kathakali sign language please click http://youtu.be/u7S-c6jlivc
Actors Kalamandalam Balasubramanain and Kalamandalam Vijayakumar Photo credit Mark Bennett