The International Centre for Kathakali

The International Centre for Kathakali
City Delhi, , India

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    The International Centre for Kathakali, New Delhi, was registered in 1960 as a voluntary, cultural organisation. Its purpose was to promote appreciation of Kathakali and to popularise the classical dance and arts allied to it. The Centre was inaugurated by the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, in January 1961. A School for teaching the Kathakali dance formed an integral part of the Centre from its inception.The Centre has trained a number of students. These include quite a few foreigner aspirants. Currently 60 students receive training. the Centre has been giving over 70 performances in a year in Delhi and around.Kathakali Centre at Delhi, the capital of India, is a premier institute for the promoton, teaching and performance of the highly stylised classical dance-drama from Kerala, and other classical performing arts.
    The International Centre for Kathakali was founded in 1960. The Centre is totally devoted to teaching, performing, promoting and propagating Kathakali - the great classical art, in Delhi and other north Indian States and also abroad. The Founder president of the Centre was Sardar K.M. Panikkar, the noted historian and diplomat. The Centre was inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. The Centre was lead by a galaxy of eminent personalities like Sardar K.M.Panikkar, Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer, Mrs. K.R.K.Menon, Mr.M.A.Vellodi, Dr.K.P.A.Menon, Justice V.Balakrishna Eradi, among others. At present, Sanal Edamaruku is guiding the activities of the International Centre for Kathakali as its President.Alongwith the formation of the Centre, a Kathakali School was also opened for teaching Kathakali in the traditional style. The Centre and the Kathakali School had distinguished and great teachers, first the late Guru Mampuzha Madhava Panikkar and later Guru Keezhupadam Kumaran Nair. The Centre's activities, performances as well as teaching are in the hands of a group of eminent artistes. The Kathakali School of the Centre has trained a large number of Indian and foreign students from different countries. At present, there are more than 150 students. The School conducts short-term condensed courses to foreign students with special attention. Some of the foreign students who had their training in the Centre are working as Kathakali professionals and others as professors in different colleges and universities.The performing troupe of the Centre consists of 25 eminent artistes including some senior students. Besides more than 80 performances every year in and around Delhi, the troupe has performed extensively abroad in more than 100 cities the world over in different continents, such as Asia, Europe, North & South America and Oceania. Most of the performances in the international dance or theatre festivals were sponsored by Indian Council for Cultural Reasearch, Govt. of India, and the rest by different organizations all over the world. These performances were highly acclaimed by the public, critics and organizers, as of high quality and good presentation. The presentation with proper editing of long and traditional plays without loosing the dramatic essence and classical contents to suit modern stage is well received by art lovers. The troupe has participated in almost all the International Festivals, such as Athens Festival (Greece), Berlin Festival (Germany), Belgrade Festival (Yugoslavia), Leningrad Festival (USSR), Serventino Festival (Mexico), N.R.I. Festival (New York), Indian Ocean Festival (Australia), Pacific Ocean Festival (Newzealand), N.H.K. Festival (Japan), International Ramayana Festival (Cambodia), 96-Oriental Drama Performance and Academic Research Conference (China), Chogam Asiad Festival (India), South East Asian Festival, S.E.S.C Autumn Festival (Brazil), Earli & Music Festival (Holland), Delphi European Theatre Festival (Delphi, Greece), Eurokaz International Festival of New Theatre (Zagreb, Croatia), Primonski Polatm Festival, XII International Festival (Venezuela), VII International Theatre Festival (Colombia), Mundao Festival (Brazil), Pula Summer Festival (Pula, Slovenia), Punderosa Music & Arts Festival (Milan, Italy) As a part of modernising, propagating, promoting and popularizing Kathakali, the Centre has taken up a continuing project since 1980 of producing new plays based on not only traditional and mythological stories, but also historical stories, European classics and Shakespeare's plays.

    C-20, Institutional Area,
    Behind Qutub Hotel
    New Delhi

    Phone No :-(91-11) 6867263

    Fax No :-(91-11) 6968907

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