Kattaikkuttu Sangam
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Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam

The Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam or Kattaikkuttu Youth Theatre School was established in 2002 with the objective to train a new generation of Kattaikkuttu performers. The Gurukulam is the first ever residential theatre school where young people can learn the Kattaikkuttu theatre without having to give up their formal education. The school enables students to combine comprehensive education with training as a professional Kattaikkuttu actor, actress or musician.

The school tackles social disadvantage and the barriers that prevent rural Tamil girls and boys from making theatre their profession. It offers marginalized, vulnerable, young, rural people access to:

  • High-quality artistic training in Kattaikkuttu acting, music & make-up.
  • Fully-fledged, inclusive education & care.
  • Professional skills training and sustainable employment after completing 8 years of training and standard 10 or 12, or, for those who do not wish to pursue a career in the performing arts, access to higher education.

The Gurukulam was founded by the Sangam's Executive Director, Artistic Leader and Principal Kattaikkuttu Teacher, P. Rajagopal. The school is his dream. At the age of ten Rajagopal became a professional child actor in his father's company and dropped out of regular education. Rajagopal believes that Kattaikkuttu can be a rewarding, dignified and full-time profession, if its future practitioners are well-trained, well-educated and equipped to handle the challenges of the contemporary performance market. The Gurukulam is based in Punjarasantankal, a small village near Kanchipuram Town, about 85 kilometres from Chennai.

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