Gothrakala International Padayani Foundation


Gothrakala International Padayani Foundation is the leading padayani & Velakali Training centre and performing wing.It is the first ever Padayani team performed in an international arena. In 2015 they made debut performance in the Diversity International Arts festival in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia. The theatre version of Padayani too had its premiere then. Gothrakala is the first Padayani team to get empanelled by Indian Council For Cultural Relations. Kerala Government allotted Three lakhs evaluating the performance and endeavor to preserve and promote Padayani.

The team had performances at Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University, School of Drama of Calicut University etc. Now they conduct workshops and seminars in schools and colleges and perform for Folklore Academy and Kerala Tourism Department. The newest Padayani- velakali batch consists of 40 students.


Feel the festival of nature

Padayani in fact is the worship of nature. Padayani is the unique art form which use only eco friendly props for the performance. For each performance, new Kolams and other properties are freshly made. The Green arecasheath is the main thing for Padayani. Its taken as full and peeled off with specially crafted knife. The colors too are from nature. For yellow its turmeric and for black its charcoal. For green, the green outer part is left and for white the peeled portion will be left like of murals. For red color special red stones are used. The kolams and other properties are prepared at the venue itself. Its the chance to know the art form more closely.

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Kiran Kurampala

For the last 25 years leading the satire part of Padayani, now President of Gothrakala. Got the Diamond Jubilee fellowship of Kerala Government with first rank. Lead workshops and seminars regarding the satire part in venues like Kalamandalam and school of drama. Now co ordinating performance.


Vinu Mohanan Kurampala

Performer for the last 25 years.Senior Journalist in Manorama news channel and prominent Padayani artiste.In 2005, He started the website, It is the most authentic site regarding Padayani. he had put all his attention, energy and enthusiasm to build the website. In 2014 he started Gothrakala Inernational Padayani Foundation, the training center and performing team including the most talented artists around.
Being the Secretary, he leaded and organized the international premier of Padayani. Now the Member of the Diamond Jubilee Fellowship Experts Commitee. Now handles the performance and training section of Gothrakala. News producer and senior Journalist in Manorama News, he had been the producer and anchor of the most rated crime show Kuttapathram for seven years.


Artist T.R. Vishnu

Experienced artist sculpture and painter. Main trainer of Kolam making in Gothakala. Associated with Padayani for the 25 years, had participated In Kolamezhuth(drawing the Kolam) in almost all famous Padayani centers and Villages across Kerala. An alumnus of Fine art college, Vishnu designs the costumes for Velakali team of Gothrakala.

Chief Instructor

Sharngadharan Unnithan

Active perofrmer of padayani for the last 40 years. Main trainer of the drama and satire part of Padayani. Awarded as the best padayani performer by kerala Folklore Academy in 2013 . In 2016 got the prestigious Gurupooja Award by Kerala Folklore Academy.