The Kala Chethena Kathakali Troupe

South East

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Troupe was established in 1987 to bring Kathakali to the UK. Kathakali is the classical dance drama of Kerala, south India, originated in the temples around 500 years ago. Our artists are highly experienced world class artists from Kerala and dedicated to bringing Kathakali to people regardless age, location, ability and cultural background. We are a touring theatre company and take Kathakali into the heart of the community and education providing workshops, performances and exhibitions of the costumes supported by films and photographs. Since 1987 we have provided more than 1,750 full company performances, 3,000 solo peformances, 4,000 workshops and 23 exhibitions. Our aim is to raise awarness, understanding and enjoyment of classical south Asian theatre in the UK and worldwide. For more information please visit our website


  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Mixed Media


  • Community
  • Disability
  • Rural Touring
  • Site Specific
  • Theatre in Health
  • Young Peoples

Organisation Type

  • touring