We are delighted to be back
For the most up to date information please visit www.kathakalievents.com .
March - July 2022
Our, “Life Behind the Costume” heritage project, presented by The Kala Chethena Kathakali Troupe, based at Norbury Library and the Museum of Croydon will be going ahead.
Kindly funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Croydon Council and the Arts Coucil of England,
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.
A section of a Kathakali costume
The activities will be led by internationally renowned artists:
Kathakali - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar, Kalamandalam Harikumaran and Sadanam Mohankumar
Bharatanatyam - Anusha Subramanyam
Chenda Melam - drumming - led by Vinod Navadhara
Oral History Rolf Killius.
Rolf Killius, Oral History specialist, has just completed training sessions and collecting Oral Histories from the people of Kerala who are settled, or work in, Croydon. These valuable recordings will enable future generations to hear the stories and recollections of .the past. The recordings will be made available through The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company.
For further information please contact Rolf on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibitions, workshops and performances.
Subrang Arts - Croydon
March 19th and 20th 2022
Subrang Arts will be hosting two workshops.
March 19th - exploring the performing techniques of a Kathakali actor.
March 20th - a Kathakali mask making workshop followed by a performance - see the makeup and meet the artists.
led by internationally renowned Kathakali artists.
Due to Covid places will be limited so please book early - details on www.kathakalievents.com
Tel: 07495279503 / www.subrandarts.co.uk
The Norbury Library - Croydon.
April 2nd - April 21st
The exhibition of Kathakali costumes will run from 2nd to 21st April 2022.
2nd and 21st April
The opening and closing dates will include a workshop in how an actor tells a story using gestures, facial expressions, characters and movements followed by an afternoon performance of Kathakali to bring Indian storytelling alive.
Ideal for all ages to access Asin stories and culture. .
Contact: email@example.com / Tel: 020 7884 5215
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.
contact: www.museumofcroydon.com / Tel: 0208 2531 1022
Opening 30th April - afternoon event
Guided tour of the exhibition and performances of Kathakali and Bharatanatyam.
The performances of Kathakali and Bharatanatyam will bring the exhibition alive as people can see how the costumes move, create a character and tell stories through acting, movement, emotion and characters.
Closing 21st May - evening event
Kerala invades the Museum of Croydon with Chenda Melam - powerful drumming, Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and an ancient dance performed by women called Kia Kotti kali.
Complete the evening with delicious Kerala food. - not to be missed - places limited - book via www.kathakalievents.com
Performances by internationally renowned artists Kathakali - Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, Bharatanatyam - Anusha Subramanyam and Chenda Melam, - 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.
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.
Dates to be confirmed. .
For more information please contact us on www.kathakalievents.com
Behind The Costume - Kathakali Heritage Project 2021 - 2022
Exhibition Of Costumes, Workshops and Performances
Dates to be confirmed.
An opportunity to discover a whole world behind the costumes, the rituals, traditions and culture and understand how Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and other sacred art forms, emerged from the temples centuries ago.
See the costumes come alive
Workshops and performances of Kathakali, led by Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, and Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar and Bharatanatyam, led by Anusha Subramanyam, will bring the costumes alive. The Kerala community will add to this experience by providing Chenda Melam, [powerful drumming] and the ancient dance of Kia Kotti Kali [a dance performed by women] to celebrate the remarkable heritage of Kerala.
Oral History specialist, Rolf Killius will be recording Oral Histories of some of the people originally from Kerala and settled or working in Croydon.to capture their memories. https://www.rolfkillius.com/
This exciting project was inspired by the colour, design and symbolic importance of the Kathakali and Bharathanatyam costumes, their origin, their history and how they have carried the remarkable history of South India from the temples into the communities of this country.
The desire to make beautiful things, dance, play music, tell stories and decorate our bodies has existed since people became aware of their identity and is an integral part of our unique heritage.
Traditions carried through migration illustrate the importance that people play in the preservation of our culture and ultimately our heritage.