Ekathara Kalari is a space for sadhakas from the traditional knowledge streams of art, spirituality, theatre, puppetry, music and healing. Merging the concepts of the ‘Akhara’, a space for Baul practitioners from the Bengali tradition, and the ‘Kalari’, the traditional Kerala theatre practice space.
Ekathara Kalari was founded by Shri. Ravi Gopalan Nair and Smt. Parvathy Baul in 1997.
The Kalari is open for a few selected students who would like to go through a period of intense training in the Baul Parampara. The Kalari has created many festivals, workshops, meetings and tours with contemporary masters and practitioners from all around the world.
Ekathara Kalari organizes the Tantidhatri Festival, an international women’s performing arts annual event. The Kalari also organizes regular Baul Gyan Darpan events (Baul Retreats). It also works with Baul Ashrams and established Baul Gurus and masters, documenting and researching various aspects of the tradition.