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The coronavirus is having a devastating impact on thousands of people. The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company would like to offer our sympathy to the people who have lost loved ones and to express our appreciation to the people who are helping others.

Our work was cancelled and our, “Life Behind the Costume” heritage project, based at the Museum of Croydon and kindly funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, was postponed.

The Arts Council of England is kindly supporting us through these hard times through their emergency fund.

A massive thank you to all the people who play the National lottery for generating the income to provide this support. As soon as we get the go ahead Kathakali, along with the rest of the country, will be celebrating - please come and join us.


Photo credit Rebecca Hodges




During lockdown we have been preparing the Kathakali costumes for the Behind the Costume exhibition and developing new ideas for when we are able to work again.



Kalamandalam Vijayakumar has been working on his Kathakali sign language dictionary to help people learn the Kathakali gestures on line.

If anyone is interested in learning Kathakali sign language on line please contact us




Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumnar has been discussing ideas of a horse festival in Lancashire featuring rituals, music and performances in honor of the Fell Ponies of Whitworth.



Please watch this space for events as we come out of lockdown.