During the days of Vallathol, the troupes of Kalamandalam visited countries like Malaysia, Singapore performing Kathakali and Mohiniyattom. Post 1960s Kalamandalam troupes toured extensively. Many visits and performances were staged in Europe, America, Canada, Australia, Britain, China, Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Thailand and other countries. The foreigners were taken aback by the performances of Kathaklai, Kutiyattam and Kerala’s instrumental music. They even expressed their desire to visit Kalamandalam and Kerala. The famous artistes of Kalamandalam were invited to perform in international stage programmes. Thus Kerala and Kalamandalam became a strong presence and emblematic in the cultural map of the world.