Our current artistic teachers

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P. Rajagopal

Principal teacher (Guru) and artistic leader of the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam.


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Mukavinai teacher (part-time)

S. Sriram, B. Music

Karnatic mridangam and vocal teacher (Fridays & Saturdays)

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M.K. Palani

Nadaswaram vidwan/mukavinai coaching (part-time)

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R. Kumar

Kuttu teacher




S. Tamilarasi

Deputy Artistic Manager & Kuttu (movement) teacher

A. Selvarasu

Mridangam/dholak teacher

R. Balaji

Harmonium teacher


The Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam regularly hosts workshops for its students in a variety of performing arts forms by qualified Indian and international guest teachers. The Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam looks forward to sharing the expertise and experience, which our guest teachers bring in, with others. Guest workshops will be announced on our Home Page. Please feel free to contact us in case you are interested in accessing the skills of our Guest Teachers and organize a workshop at the Kuttu Kalai Kudam or at a location of your preference.


Craig Jenkins

English storytelling

7 to 17 August 2019

Craig is a professional storyteller and has an M.A. in Gender and Media Studies from the University of Sussex, UK. Since 2007 he has visited the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam every year. Over the years he has been working with different groups of students and different age groups teaching them the sounds of English and the wonders that lie in the stories he embarks upon together with them.


Juliet Palmer

Composer, sound artist & performer

2 to 13 Oct 2019 (Workshop & research)

We are extremely happy to welcome Juliet Palmer, a New Zealand-Canadian composer whose contemporary work defies classification. Juliet will teach a workshop the details of which will be announced closer to the date of her arrival.


Sue Rees

Video photography and light & set design

Sue teaches animation at Bennington College, Vermont, USA. She has been documenting the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam, the daily life of its students, their performances and some of the annual festivals of the Kattaikkuttu Sangam since 2005. Sue was the technical director of our collaborative production Karnatic Kattaikkuttu (2017-2019).