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Kathakali Dance

Kakkarissi Natakom Dance in Kerala is a satirical dance drama based on the characters of Hindu mythology. One of the most unique dance forms of Kerala this dance is based on contemporary issues although the characters are from Hindu mythological stories.

One of the most famous art forms of Kerala, the Kathakali Dance is the perfect blend of opera, ballet and pantomime. The colorful land of Kerala has given this beautiful dance drama version that is a 300 year old art still nurtured in the heart of Kerala.

Considered to be one of the oldest art forms the Kathakali Dance originated in the state of Kerala. Elaborate and intricate make up; heavy embellishments and depictions of Indian epic make Kathakali Dance a class apart. Generally performed in the temples of Kerala, the Kathakali depicts the stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata.

The most interesting part of the Kathakali Dance is the make up where dancers adorn themselves with different colors that clearly establishes their character. The make up is an elaborate process which takes most of the time in Kathakali Dance.

From the rich kings to the disguised demons and hunters Kathakali Dance depicts the stories of all the mythological characters with intricate eye movements and graceful steps. Actors, dancers, vocalist and percussionists all of them are involved in the dance drama. The dance forms are mainly emotive rather than concentrating too much on the narration.

An age old dance form Kathakali Dance was finally resurrected by Vallathol in the 1932 by establishing Kalamandalam. The masters of Kathakali Dance are Padmanabhan Nayar and Sadanam Balakrishnan.


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