Margi is an organization dedicated to the revival of Kathakali and Kutiyattom, two classical art forms of Kerala, the south-western state of India. ‘Margi’, the Sanskrit word means “pursuit of aesthetic values which are universal and everlasting”. The organization provides Gurukula system of training for these classical art forms and also holds regular performances. Highly stylized, oral and personal, in Gurukula, the ancient Indian concept of education students reside with the Guru or teacher. Margi also conducts performances outside the country. In its history spanning over three decades Margi has always strived for the revival of the unique art forms of Kerala.
Source of financing
Margi's main source of income is from grant from Govt of Kerala, which is utilized for payment of salaries about 28 Kathakali artistes and 12 Kutiyattam artistes. This is supplemented by salary grant from the Govt of India (Ministry of Culture) and grant from Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy, now distributed to Kutiyattam artiste only through Kutiyattam Kendra of the Sangeetha Nataka Academy at Thiruvananthapuram. These grants are utilized entirely for salary payment to the artistes. The management is wholly on a voluntary basis