How do Kathakali dance?

For body movements and choreographical patterns, Kathakali is also indebted to the early martial arts of Kerala. Kathakali is a blend of dance, music and acting and dramatizes stories, which are mostly adapted from the Indian epics.

How is Kathakali dance performed?

A Kathakali performance, like all classical dance arts of India, synthesizes music, vocal performers, choreography and hand and facial gestures together to express ideas. However, Kathakali differs in that it also incorporates movements from ancient Indian martial arts and athletic traditions of South India.

What are the parts of Kathakali?

Kathakali is a blend of dance, music and acting and dramatizes stories, which are mostly adapted from the Indian epics. It is a stylised art form, the four aspects of abhinaya – angika, aharya,vachika, satvika and the nritta, nritya and natya aspects are combined perfectly.

What kind of costumes are used in Kathakali?

Among the classical artforms, Kathakali has the most extensive costume, with ornate head gear, brilliantly coloured faces and face masks. In Kathakali, Vesham portrays archetypal characters, and hence several hours are dedicated exclusively for the make-up of the artists.

How did Kathakali start?

Part-dance and part-mime, Kathakali originated in the state of Kerala between the 16th and 17th centuries, around the same time as Shakespeare. The Kalluvazhi Chitta style being performed by these dancers was born on the stage at the now-closed Kathakali school at Olappamanna Mana in Vellinezhi, almost 200 years ago.

Who performs Kathakali dance?

Traditionally, kathakali is performed exclusively by men and young boys who play the parts of both males and females. The dancers are dedicated to its practice throughout their lives. The movement is vigorous and florid. Stylized gestures and facial expressions follow the rules of bharata natyam.

Why is Kathakali important?

Importance of Kathakali – Kathakali is a beautiful dance form which represents the art and culture of Kerala. This dance form uses exquisite expressions, hand and feet movements and also consists of a unique costume which is much different from other Indian Classical dance forms.

What type of music is Kathakali?

Though Kathakali music ragas are largely from the Carnatic genre, there are ragas special to it and not known to Carnatic singing and even those common to Carnatic music in usage and ‘prayog’ for this dance drama form follow an individualistic mode.

Where is the Kathakali dance?

Kathakali Classical Artform. Famous around the world, Kathakali’s magnificence has won great admiration for the state of Kerala. Proud that this renowned artfrom originated, was originated from Kerala’s shores over 300 years ago.

Why are Kathakali eyes red?

The red eye adds an unearthly ambience to the face. Eye movements along with hand and body movements are unavoidable in Kathakali as it completes the beauty and elegance of Natya and Nritha.

Which Indian state does the Kathakali dance belongs to?

Kathakali comes from southwestern India, around the state of Kerala. Like bharatanatyam, kathakali is a religious dance. It draws inspiration from the Ramayana and stories from Shaiva traditions. Kathakali is traditionally performed by boys and men, even for female roles.


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