KUTIYATTAM Workshop – 2016

For Theatre Artistes, Dancers and other Performing Artistes

05-14 August 2016

Thrissur, Kerala

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Theatreconnekt’s annual workshop on the age old Sanskrit theatre tradition – Kutiyattam will take place at Thrissur, from 05 to 14 August. The workshop is designed specifically for contemporary theatre artistes, dancers and performing artistes from other disciplines. The workshop will be residential in nature.

The workshop is specifically formulated to introduce the methodology, principles and systems of acting and theatre-making as practiced in Kutiyattam. This 10 day long intensive program is intended to familiarize each participant with the subtle and highly intricate use of eyes and its training, the language of hand gestures, control of breath, relation between voice and emotion, character analysis, invoking rasa (sentiment) and bhava (emotions), interpretation of text and character, the imagination of performer, relativity of space and time.


Placed in Indian traditional Gurukulam environment, (where the teacher and students will stay together) the workshop is designed and formulated by Shri. Sooraj Nambiar, the versatile Kutiyattam performer and senior disciple of late Padmabhushan Ammannur Madhava Chakyar.


Has emphasize on practical training supplemented with live demonstrations of selected acting episodes and also lectures by eminent scholars from various cross-disciplines, the program shall also equip the participant to understand the philosophy of the tradition and also to possess some of its primary and basic performance techniques.

In order to achieve a close teacher-student relationship, the participation is limited to only 9 persons. The selection will be through applications in the prescribed form, which will be accepted till 03 July.

There will be a participatory donation (Rs. 15,000.00 for Indian natives and Rs. 17,500.00 for foreign nationals and NRIs) to cover their stay, food and other expenses.

Interested persons can download the application form program brochure and application from the following links.

Important Dates


  • Last date for registration: 10 July
  • Confirmation of registration: 15 July
  • Remittance of Donation: 30 July





Experience 2015

(Feedbacks from some of the participants in 2015 edition)


“I applaud all of Theatreconnekt for conceptualizing and realizing the workshop on Kutiyattam. Sooraj & Kesavan, having worked with acting schools every year, understand students well – and the program you both have structured could be a template for initiation into the art. Being a student at the Gurukul rather than in a sterile Drama School classroom also made the whole thing a completely immersive experience. Though I know a city workshop may be convenient in many ways, it will not hold a candle to this one”

ANJA – Mumbai




“I would like to thank Theatreconnekt team and all teachers and artistes of Ammannur Gurukulam for making the Kutiyattam workshop most valuable and significant in my life. Honestly I feel blessed to have attended this workshop and gained some insight into so many areas that I have never tapped into. This workshop was like an awakening of senses and feeling that sit dormant in many individuals……………….I appreciate the effort and energy that has been put through by very talented artistes and teachers of Ammanur Chakyaar Gurukulam. Theatreconnekt has been fantastic in communication with me which I feel very important for participants coming over from overseas. Keep up the good work and thank you for being so professional”





“Back from Irinjalakkuda, as serene and beautiful place where we spent 10 intensive days, absorbing and watching the deep and magnificent dance theatre from Kutiyattam at Ammanur Gurukulam. Starting with morning eye exercises, introduction to mudras and angika training with Sarita, Aparna Nangiar, Ammanur Kuttan Chakyar, Sooraj Nambiar, Rajneesh Chakyar, Rajeev, Hariharan and the performers of the seven day festival which ran in parallel.


As I relive moments and hear the faint echoes of chants I feel very blessed to be part of this experience with a wonderful team of co-actors, Thank you Theatreconnekt for organizing this”




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