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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.

We are a touring company offering full company and solo performances. Since 1987 we have taken Kathakali to thousands of people throughout the UK and beyond.

 

As Covid remains uncertain we are unable to provide full Kathakali Company live performances at present but as soon as we can we will be touring again.

Meanwhile you can enjoy Kathakali solo performances by the highly talented Kathakali actor, Kalamandalam Vijayakumar accompanied by practical workshops.

If you would like to book a Kathakali solo performance - ideal for schools, colleges and small theatres please contact us.  

 

Kathakali solo performances 

By intrenationally renowned Kalamandalam Vijayakumar who captivates his audience through his powerful and emotional performances. 

 

Archbishop Lanfranc Academy 

March 16th - 18th 2022. 

Will be hosting solo performances of Kathakali and Bharatnatyam for the academy, local feeder schools and community. 

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

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

18th March the Kerala community will be contributing Chenda Melam - powerful drumming, Kia Kotti Kali - a centuries old dance performed by women and Kerala food - not to be missed.

 

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.

 

The Kerala Community - Croydon.

Date to be confirmed

Will be hosting an evening of Kathakali and Kerala culture to celebrate Onam. 

 

Croydon Melam

Date to be confirmed

Will be hosting a Kathakali performance at the Croydon Melam performed by Kathakali specialist - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar . 

 

As soon as we have confirmed details we will post details on our web page - please watch this space.

 

Kathakali Performance

Full Company Show

Photo credit Mark Bennett

Kathakali Performance

Solo Performance

Photo credit Mark Bennett

To accompany our performances we offer workshops, demonstrations and an opportunity for our audiences to see the make-up, view the costumes and meet the artists.

The Kathakali performances offer a feast for the senses as highly skilled artists transport the audience into the fascinating world of Kathakali.

Kathakali is suitable for all ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities.

We perform in schools, colleges, village halls, art centres, theatres, museums and art galleries.