The International Centre for Kathkalai, New Delhi (ICK)is a registered volountary cultural organization devoted to the promotion , propogation, teaching and performance of ”Kathakali” the traditional classical temple art form of Kerala in India and abroad. ICK was inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad , the first President of India in the year 1960.
Along with the Kathakali Centre a Kathakali school was also established for teaching Kathakali and allied art forms in the traditional style. The Kathakali centre and the school both were guided by eminent Gurus like Late Guru Mampuzha Madhava Panicker, Late Guru Keeshpadam Kumaran Nair and Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan. Today ICK has a group of eminent Artists -cum Teachers who have bound themselves to meet highest artistic standards.
ICK is regularly imparting training in Kathakali and other allied arts to large number of students including Non – Keralites and foreign students. About 200 students are undergoing training in different fields of Kathakali Vesham, vocal music , percussion instruments , Chutty make up and constumes.
The International Centre for Kathakali , New Delhi is the only one institution having full-fledged Kathakali training and performing facilities outside Kerala.
ICK has been organising various Kathakali festivals and programmes with traditional mythological stories from Mahabharatha, Ramayana and Srimad Bhagavadgita,
The troupe has performed extensively in more than 200 cities over the world and has participated in famous festivals nationally and internationally.
International Centre for Kathakali, New Delhi plays a vital role in promoting the Traditional Culture of Kerala through its own proud – Kathakali. This Institution makes us also proud and gives pleasure that this Art is being learnt by many people from other parts of the country as well as from foreign countries.
I am glad to learn that almost 300 students are learning Kathakali/Chenda/Chutti/Music etc. as
extracurricular activities apart from their academic courses. We should also appreciate their effort in doing this.
We should appreciate the founders and the early office bearers of this Institution for their hard work, dedication and sincerety in contributing to make this establishment a really worth for our culture.
It is also pertinent to mention that the Staff of this Institution, even from the beginning itself, is worth
appreciating. Their selfless hard work and attitude brought this to the highest level of popularity.
There are still long run to go for which we all need to keep our effort in full swing and try to have a full-fledged establishment with good infrastructure and financial support.
I urge all the Art lovers to extend your fullest support as has been received in the past.
P J Kurien
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am honored and privileged to assume the role of President of International Centre for Kathakali. I am deeply grateful to my predecessors for their leadership and outstanding contributions to ICK in the past and also the members of Executive Committee. I am inspired by their commitment to ICK and all of their achievements. Indeed, the growth of ICK has been propelled collectively by the individuals and all the past members of the Executive Committee.
On this occasion, I am happy to share our collective efforts, ICK becomes very dedicated to its cause as is evident from growth of students whose brilliant performances with the able guidance of our experienced Gurus and other Artists with their sincere cooperation and support.
On behalf of all of us, I am most confident and pleased to state that over the years with dedication, integrity and professionalism, ICK continues to make outstanding contributions in the field of ‘Kathakali’ and other forms of arts such as percussions and chutti.
It is needless to add that ICK, during its 58 long years of existence, has long list of achievements pan India and in many foreign countries and continues to grow in all arts / plays, in particular, Kathakali. ICK has created strong outreach among Kathakali lovers and patrons through its different programs and brought togetherness of the best minds.
Dear friends and colleagues, let us reflect on our shared responsibilities to our cause at the grassroot level and together let us fulfil our dream of making ICK the world’s best Organisation in this field.
With best wishes
It is indeed a matter of great pleasure for me to be a part of the Management Team of International Centre for Kathakali where we get an opportunity to promote and show the traditional art of Kerala to the local public of Delhi and populace of other parts of India and abroad.
With the support of Ministry of Culture by way of Grant and the Staff members of ICK we have been able to overcome several milestones and keep up the spirit of traditional arts. It is the combined effort of our sincere and dedicated staff members whose contributions in their respective areas are remarkable. Of course, it is the wreck less support and the cooperation of the parents of Students of ICK wherein they feel that this Art should have a way forward through their children.
I urge from all the parents and the staff to extend the same support and cooperation be received in future also. I will always be with you for any help.
We look forward to your valuable suggestions and feedback which will strengthen us to take it through right path.
With Best Wishes and Regards