THE Guildhall in Priory Park will explode with colour and culture on Saturday as leading Kathakali experts will provide a family fun day full of workshops and performances.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Novium Museum in Chichester will host the ‘East Meets West’ series of Kathakali events, bringing ancient Eastern culture to the modern Western world.
The programme will start will a Kathakali workshop at The Guildhall, Priory Park, and a Bharathanatyam workshop at The Novium Museum, from 11am until midday.
Kathakali is the traditional dance drama of Kerala, a region in Southern India, and a combination of storytelling, dance, drama and make-up.
After the workshops there will be a performance of Bharathanatyam – one of the oldest classical dance forms of Southern India – as well as an open make-up viewing in Priory Park.
The day will conclude with a question and answer session with performers.
Cathy Hakes, manager of The Novium Museum, said: “Kathakali is renowned as one of the most powerful forms of visual storytelling in the world and this is an exciting opportunity to bring a part of this remarkable southern Indian heritage to Chichester.
“The family day will provide a fascinating insight into this ancient culture that all ages can benefit from.”
The Kathakali events will conclude with a ‘Gateway to India’ performance at The Guildhall on Saturday, May 3, at 3pm.
Call The Novium Museum on 01243 775888 or visit www.thenovium.org