For Artists and Arts Enthusiasts
Theatre & Make-up
The Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam organizes on request artistic workshops and courses in Kattaikkuttu singing, acting and make-up for people interested to familiarize themselves with the basics of the theatre. The modalities of a workshop or theatre course and its duration will be tailor-made to cater to the specific needs of the participants.
To make a workshop or course viable we need a minimum of 15 participants.
We are probably the only place where (aspiring) musicians still have access to learning to play the mukavinai. This rare high-pitched and which, when played well, lends Kattaikkuttu its specific sound, is about to disappear from the performance scene. The Kattaikkuttu Sangam has undertaken concrete steps to ensure that playing the mukavinai and its music are being transmitted to a new generation of musicians. The mukavinai now is being played by a diverse range of young people, including men and women. Thus it transcends the social barriers that have kept this instrument within the confines of one particular caste only.
We can arrange special music sessions for people interested in learning to play the mukavinai, peddle harmonium and mridangam and dholak, the three instruments which constitute the Kattaikkuttu orchestra. It is also possible to learn the foundational skills of Karnatic vocal and Karnatic mridangam.
We have hosted Kattaikkuttu workshops, courses and events for participants from different backgrounds and different ages. Previous theater experience is no requirement. The aim of these artistic encounters can be to familiarize oneself with Kattaikkuttu as a powerful way of expressing oneself onstage and to acquire foundational or more professional skills in Kattaikkuttu singing, movement, acting, make-up and music.
Theatre students from the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique (CNSAD) in Paris, France got an intensive introduction to Kattaikkuttu through a two-day onsite workshop.
As part of the ongoing Junoon Arts at Play with Schools Program, school children across India have relished Rajagopal and his group at work enjoying the theatre’s energy and great comedy that easily traverse the boundaries of language and region.