As a young child Kalamandalam Vijaykumar watched Kathakali (ancient classical Indian dance-drama from the state of Kerala) in his village temple in Kottayam. Fascinated by the performances, he joined the Kerala Kalamandalam as a Vaysham (acting student) soon after he finished school. He has trained with the best artists in the industry like Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair, Padmashree Kalamandalam Gopi and Padmabhushan Kalamandalam Ramankutti Nair Ashan.
Kalamandalam Vijayakumar is instrumental in bringing Kathakali to UK. Together with his wife Kathakali Make up Specialist Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar, he founded the Kala Chethena Kathakali Company that formed an international touring base in UK. He also created the first ever digital dictionary of Kathakali sign language in 2009. To know more about Kalamandalam Vijayakumar and Kathakali click here.