This powerful dance drama, performed in the Temples at night, is a traditional and typical dance form of Kerala. In a sacred atmosphere in front of the Holy Lamp, the actors express themselves through hand gestures, body movements, facial expressions and steps, accompanied by vocal and instrumental music. Every night they recreate the stories of the Indian mythology. This complete art form can appeal to many people as acting, dance, pantomime, music, percussions and of course dresses and ornaments are equally attractive and contribute to touch all our senses.

Kathalai Music Course

Kathakali Music

A distinct style for the distinct purpose of the dance drama. The moods in a song determine the mode of the melody. Every couplet of the song is repeated until the actor has transcribed it into gestures. Kathakali music has got a distinct style called the Sopana style.

Kathakali Mudras or Hand Gestures

Kathakali Mudras (Hand gestures)

These are the gestures used by the the actors in Kathakali. Gestures of the hands play an important part in the expression of thoughts and emotions right from the time of 'Vedas". Priests repeat "Manthras" using certain gestures with their hands and these movements became a sacred ritual. Mudras enable a complete language of gestures which enable the actors not only to interpret the lines of the story but also to communicate with each other on matters relevant to the occasion. You can learn this separately if you have no time or no desire to study the steps of the dance.

Chutti or Kathakali Makeup

Chutti (Kathakali Make-up)

Facial colours represent different mental states and emotions. They help to beautify the gestures. Each type of character has its characteristic make-up. The “Chutti” is made of several layers of white paper glued on the face of the actor. You can get a special interest in the visual aspect of Kathakali and wish to study the various types of make-up or even how to make a “Chutti”.

General Information

  • Classes.

    From 10 a.m. to 5. p.m., five days a week (Saturday and Sunday are holidays). Every day, a two hour class in the subject you have chosen as your main subject of study plus one hour in your secondary subject will be conducted.

  • Communication Language


  • General Holidays

    September 14th to 16th ( last days of the famous Kerala Fesival "Onam" )

  • Food

    Tasty vegetarian food prepared in traditional Kerala style.

  • Breakfast

    From 8 to 9 a.m.

  • Lunch

    From 1 to 2 p.m.

  • Tea/coffee

    From 4 to 5 p.m. (with snacks)

  • Dinner

    7.30 to 8.30 p.m.(Filtered water is available at all times )

Miscellaneous Information of On Request Courses & Services

  • On Request Courses
    Subjects on request only

    Indian Languages (Malayalam,Sanskrit and Hindi) Mural painting, Kolam designing, Yoga, Ayurvedic massage and Cooking.

  • Optional Services
    Please note it is possible for us to arrange additional optional services for you

    Tourist guide and assistance, A/C and non A/C taxis, leisure activities such as boating on the river Pampa or a visit to the metal mirror making centre ('Aranmula Kannadi') and demonstrations and cultural programs as well.