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Classical Kathakali Performances

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company is renowned for presenting classical Kathakali performances by world-class artists from Kerala, south India.

After months of lockdown we will be finally touring again next Spring.

We welcome you to join us in a celebration of Kathakali and the magic of storytelling. .  

 

Actor Kalamandalam Balasubramanian Photo credit Mark Bennett

 

 

MARCH 16th and 17th  MARCH 2022

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Archbishop Lanfranc Academy [Senior School]

Mitcham Road

Croydon

CR9 3AS

Tel: 020 8689 1255

Contact: Rachel Huggins Subject Co-ordinator – Music.

http://www.lanfranc.org.uk

 

EVENT 

 

An exhibition of Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam costumes enhanced by afternoon performances of Kathakali performed by experts from Kerala, India. 

The performance will highlighting the right of women and girls to be safe told through the powerful drama of Kathakali storytelling. 

An exhibition of Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam costumes will accompany the performances and workshops.

 

 

 

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MARCH 18th 2022

TIME 5.30pm – 8.00pm 

Archbishop Lanfranc Academy [Senior School]

Mitcham Road

Croydon

CR9 3AS

Tel: 020 8689 1255

Contact: Rachel Huggins Subject Co-ordinator – Music.

http://www.lanfranc.org.uk

 

EVENT

An event for the whole family to enjoy – an exhibition of Kathakali costumes and a Celebration of Kerala culture. Kerala snacks/ Chenda Melam, Kathakali and Bharatanatyam unite to pay tribute to the people of Kerala.

Presented by experts; Kathakali - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, Bharatanatyam - Anush Subramanyam and Chenda Melam by Vinod Navadhara. 

Children from Archbishop Lanfranc Academy will accompany Vinod and his drummers to bring people together throguh a mutual enjoyment of music. 

Kerala food completes the experience of life in Kerala, south India.

 

Actor Kalamandalam Vijayakumar Photo credit Mark Bennett

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MARCH 19th 

 

TIME: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

 

St Swithun`s Church Hall

22 Grovelands Road

Purley

Croydon

CR8 4LA

TeL Lata Desai 07495279503

www.subrangarts.co.uk

 

EVENT:

Kathakali drama workshop suitable for families.

Discover how a Kathakali actor tells a story using characters, movement, facial expressions, emotions and a 4,000-year-old sign language called Mudras. Led by masters from Kerala, south India.

 

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MARCH 20th

 

TIME: 1.30pm – 3.30pm 

Mask making workshop

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Kathakali performance in costume and makeup.

 

St Swithun`s Church hall

22 Grovelands Road

Purley

Croydon

CR8 4LA

TeL Lata Desai 07495279503

www.subrangarts.co.uk

 

EVENT:

Make a mask based on traditional Kathakali makeup designs then see a Kathakali performance presented by international artists from Kerala, India. Lose yourself in the magic of strorytelling.

 

Actor Kalamandalam Vijayakumar - Photo credit Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar

 

 

 

MARCH 23rd

 

TIME: 7.30pm 9.15pm

 

The Bay Theatre

Weymouth College

Cranford Ave

Weymouth.

Dorset

DT4 7LQ

 

TEL: 01305 208702

 

www.facebook.com/thebaytheatre

www.weymouth.ac.uk/the-bay-theatre

 

 

EVENT

 

Kathakali drama workshop – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

See the makeup, view the costumes, and meet the artists 4.45pm – 5.30pm

 

Kathakali performance highlighting the right of women to be safe.

Performed by masters of Kathakali from Kerala, India. 7.30pm – 9.15pm

 

Actor Padmasree Kalamandalam Gopi Ashan - photo credite Garry Laybourn

 

 

MARCH 24th and 25th

 

TIME: 7.30pm 8.45pm

 

Quay Arts Centre

Sea Street

Newport

Isle of Wight

PO30 5BD

Tel : 01983 822490

 

http://www.quayarts.org

 

EVENT

Kathakali drama workshop – 3.00pm – 4.00pm

See the makeup, view the costumes, and meet the artists 4.00pm – 5.00pm

 

Kathakali performance highlighting the right of women to be safe.

Performed by masters of Kathakali from Kerala, India.

 

Actor Kalamandalam Balasubramanian photo credit Mark bennett

 

 

MARCH 29th

 

Hockerill Anglo-European College

Dunmow Road

Bishop Stortford

Herefordshire.

CM23 5HX

Tel: 01279 658451

 

www.hockerill.com

 

EVENT

Kathakali drama workshop – 10.30am – 11.30am

 

See the makeup, view the costumes and meet the artists 11.30am – 12.00

 

Kathakali performance highlighting the right of women to be safe.

Performed by masters of Kathakali from Kerala, India. 2.00pm – 3.15pm

 

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APRIL 2nd

 

Time 11.00am – 11.45am workshop

11.45am – 12.45pm view makeup

2.00pm – 3.00pm – Kathakali performance.

 

Norbury Library

1 Beatrice Ave

Norbury

Croydon

SW16 4UW

Tel: 020 3700 1011

 

EVENT

 

EXHIBITION OPENING – 2ND to 21st April.

 

Kathakali costumes

Learn how a Kathakali actor tells a story in a drama workshop.

See the make-up, meet the artists, and see a performance by experts.

 

 

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APRIL 3rd

 

TIME: 11.00am – 12.00 and 2.00pm – 3.30pm

 

Chichester Guildhall

Priory Park

Chichester

PO19 1NS

TEL: 01243 816525

http://www.thenovium.org

 

EVENT:

11.00pm – 12.00pm  Kathakali drama workshop

2.00pm – 3.30pmm  Learn how a Kathakali actor tells a story, see the makeup, meet the artists.

4.00pm – 5.00pm Kathakali performance performed by experts in a beautiful Guildhall where two ancient cultures come together.

 

 

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APRIL 5th

 

10.30am – 11.30pm workshop

1.30pm – 3.00pm performance

 

The Deaf Academy

1 Douglas Avenue

Exmouth

Devon

EX8 2AU

 

Tel:  01395 203130
BSL users, text only to: 07398248306
Emailreception@thedeafacademy.ac.uk 

http://thedeafacademy.ac.uk

 

EVENT:

 

10.30am – 11.30am

Kathakali drama workshop

Celebrate sign language from two different cultures where the hands tell stories. Experience visual theatre that  is rooted in ancient traditions of south India.

 

11.30am – 12.00pm See the makeup, view the costumes, and meet the artists.

 

1.30pm – 3.00pm

See a Kathakali performance where the facial expressions bring an ancient 4,000-year-old sign language alive.

 

 

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APRIL 6th

 

TIME 3.00pm – 4.00pm

7.30pm – 8.45pm

 

Exeter Phoenix

Gandy Street

Exeter

EX4 3LS

TEL: 01392 6670

http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

 

 

EVENT:

 

3.00pm – 4.00pm – Kathakali drama workshop – see makeup meet the artists.

 

7.30pm – 8.45pm – Kathakali performance featuring the right of women and girls to feel safe. Performed by Kathakali masters form Kerala, India.

 

Actor Kalamandalam Balasubramanian and Kalamandalam Vijayakumar

Photo credit Mark Bennett

 

 

 

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APRIL 13TH

 

TIME 3.30pm – 4.30pm

7.30pm – 9.15pm

 

The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre

Station Road

Bordon

Hampshire

GU35 0LR

 

Tel 01420 472 664

 

www.phoenixarts.co.uk

 

 

EVENT

3.30pm – 4.30pm – Kathakali drama workshop.

4.30pm – 5.30pm – see makeup meet the artists.

 

7.30pm – 9.15pm Kathakali performance featuring the right of women and girls to feel safe. Performed by Kathakali masters from Kerala, south India.

[including a short break]

 

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APRIL 19th 

 

TIME

7.30pm – 9.15Ppm

 

Norden Farm Arts Centre

Altwood Road

Maidenhead

SL6 4PF

TEL: 01628 788997

 

www.nordenfarm

 

 

EVENT

3.30pm – 4.30pm – Kathakali drama workshop.

4.30pm – 5.30pm – see makeup meet the artists.

 

7.30pm – 9.15pm Enjoy a Kathakali performance that features the right of women and girls to feel safe. Performed by Kathakali masters from Kerala, south India.

 

Actors Padmasree Kalamandalam Gopi Ashan and Kalamandalam Vijayakumar Photo credit Garry Laybourn

 

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APRIL 21st

 

Norbury Library

1 Beatrice Ave

Norbury

Croydon

SW16 4UW

Tel: 020 3700 1011

 

EVENT

EXHIBITION of Kathakali costumes.

LAST DAY OF EXHIBITION.

 

11.00am – 12.00pm and 1.00pm – 2.00pm - Kathakali drama workshop -

 

 

Mask and photo - Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar

 

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EXHIBITION DATES:

 

Kathakali costumes.

See authentic Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam costumes from Kerala, films, and photographs. Observe their beautiful colours, fabrics, intricate wood carving, tailoring and pattern cutting designed to create extraordinary images characters and change when the performer moves.

 

Mask and photo Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar

 

EXHIBITIONS AT: 

 

MARCH 16th, 17th and 18th 

 

Archbishop Lanfranc Academy [Senior School]

Mitcham Road

Croydon

CR9 3AS

Tel: 020 8689 1255

Contact: Rachel Huggins Subject Co-ordinator – Music.

http://www.lanfranc.org.uk

 

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APRIL 2nd - 21st 

 

 

Norbury Library

1 Beatrice Ave

Norbury

Croydon

SW16 4UW

Tel: 020 3700 1011

 

 

 

 

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APRIL 30th - MAY 21st

 

Museum of Croydon

Croydon Clocktower

Katharine Street

Croydon

CR9 1ET

Tel: 020 8253 1022

http://www.museumofcryodon.com

 

 

 

 

MAY 6th

 

11.30am – 2.30pm

 

Museum of Croydon

Croydon Clocktower

Katharine Street

Croydon

CR9 1ET

Tel: 020 8253 1022

http://www.museumofcryodon.com

 

Advanced training in Kathakali costume conservation, how to display a Kathakali costume correctly, apply the gold foil onto the carved wood, what the costumes symbolise and the characters they represent.

 

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May 7th

 

11.00am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.00pm

 

Museum of Croydon

Croydon Clocktower

Katharine Street

Croydon

CR9 1ET

Tel: 020 8253 1022

http://www.museumofcryodon.com

 

 

Kathakali drama workshop - morning

 

Learn how the costumes come alive through movement, characters, emotions and a 4,000-year-old sign language.

 

Kathakali mask making workshop - afternoon

Make a mask based on the traditional Kathakali makeup designs.

 

 

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May 14th

 

11.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 2.30pm

 

Museum of Croydon

Croydon Clocktower

Katharine Street

Croydon

CR9 1ET

Tel: 020 8253 1022

http://www.museumofcryodon.com

 

 

Chenda drumming workshops

 

Learn the basic rhythms and discover the sounds of Kerala through the ancient Chenda drum. .

 

 

 

May 21st

 

6.00pm - 8.00pm

 

Museum of Croydon

Croydon Clocktower

Katharine Street

Croydon

CR9 1ET

Tel: 020 8253 1022

http://www.museumofcryodon.com

 

A Celebration of Kerala Culture - exhibition closes

Open a door into the remarkable world of Kerala, enjoy the powerful drumming of a Chenda Melam, see the costumes come alive through professional performances of Kathakali, Bharathanatyam and Kia Kotti Kali. See the traditional dress of Kerala, photographs and films then complete the experience with Kerala snacks as the exhibition closes.

 

Kia Kotti kali - traditional dance of Kerala performed by women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Norbury Library - Croydon.

April 2nd - April 21st

Will be hosting an exhibition of Kathakali costumes, photographs, films, workshops featuring Kathakali solo performances to bring Indian storytelling alive. Suitable for all ages.

Dates of the activities to be confirmed.

 

The Museum of Croydon

April 30th - May 21st 2022

Will be hosting an exhibition of Kathakali, Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam costumes, traditional dress of Kerala, photographs, films and an evening of celebration featuring performances of solo Kathakali and Bharatanatyam, a guided tour of the exhibition and  performances of Chenda Melam - drumming and Kia Koti Kali [folk dance]. Delicious Kerala food to complete the evening. 

Performances by internationally renowned artists Kathakali - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar and Bharatanatyam - Anusha Subramanyam

Dates of the activities to be confirmed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wethether you're interested in our performances, exhibitions or educational workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.