South Indian Kathakali theater

19.07.2011 in20:40 in Art -->


Kathakali (literally “telling a story”), is a classical dance form rooted in Hindu mythology, a traditional kind of presentation in the popular theater of South India, including dance, pantomime, vocal and instrumental “Kathakali Actor”
Photo Credit: Photobucketmusic, and elements of circus acrobatics. This dance form is native to Kerala, a state in southwest India. The kathakali actor does a dance and a pantomime, and the conversation and monologues of the characters are presented by the singers and chorus, supplemented by an orchestra. The canonical positions of the dancer’s fingers and hands, which are used to express feelings and concepts, are the basis of the actor’s means of expression (the Mudra and Hasta). The genesis of Kathakali date from early antiquity, although the final form was established in the 17th century. Thematically, the dance spotlights on the “treasure-trove of the ancient Puranas (epic poems) reporting the lives, loves, and battles of the gods and the supermen of mythology”. The fundamental moral is always that of the eternal conflict between “Good and Evil”.