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Kattaikkuttu

The Kattaikkuttu Youth Theatre School was established in 2002 by P.Rajagopal and Hanne M. de Bruin, and caters for children, who are interested in receiving a regular education (Tamil, English, Maths, Social Sciences, Computer Skills) as well as training to become professional Kattaikkuttu actors, actresses, and musicians. Traditionally, young boys would apprentice with a theatre company from the age of 10 years old and thus their education would be curtailed at this point due to the rigors of the theatre’s company schedule; all night performances for 3 to 4 months of the year. At this residential school, girls are trained alongside the boys allowing equal opportunity in the training, and widening their future possibilities. The students primarily come from families living below the minimum subsistence level, and thus this school offers a unique opportunity.

Images from video documentaries taken from 2002 through to the present including village overnight performance, make up, school work, workshops conducted by Compagnia Teatro Dimitri Verscio, Switzerland and Sangeeta Isvaran, Chennai, India, peformance of Rabindranath Tagore’s play Bisarjan (Deliverance) adapted into Tamil, and various other performances. The footage taken in 2016-2018 is being funded by a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Research award 2016-2018 on

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Snippets from Sue Rees on Vimeo.

Kattaikkuttu Theatre Make Up from Sue Rees on Vimeo.

Deliverance (Vituttal ) from Sue Rees on Vimeo.

Subhadra’s Marriage - Subhadra Kalyanam from Sue Rees on Vimeo.

Dice and Disrobing (Pakatai Tukil) from Sue Rees on Vimeo.

Bending of the Bow (Vilvalaippu) or the Marriage of Draupadi from Sue Rees on Vimeo.

Veriyattam allatu Tantira Kuratti (Possession or the Gypsy’s Ruse) from Sue Rees on Vimeo.

Clowns (Kattiyakkarans) - Kattaikkuttu Young Professionals Company from Sue Rees on Vimeo.

Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam from Sue Rees on Vimeo.

Kattaikkuttu Theatre from Sue Rees on Vimeo.

Kattaikkuttu Sangam – Transforming Culture | Transforming Lives from Sue Rees on Vimeo.