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ORIGIN OF KATHAKALI

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The world famous art or classical dance form and part of a Indian classical dance is Kathakali  It is an traditional, diametrical dance form and we can also called it storytelling dance form in Indian.

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It comes from in the state of Kerala in India. Kerala is the home of several traditional dance forms.  It is also a oldest one theater dance form  in the world. This dance form is totally based upon Hinduism ancients like puran, ramayan, mahabharat. This form is most famous for its makeup and costumes which are used at the time of performance.

History (origin)

kathakali history

Its roots are unclear but it’s started around 17th century back and its roots are developed in the temple and it comes from krishnatham that is also a dance form what are totally dedicated to lord Krishna survival activities which is created around 1585-1658 AD by mr zamorian who is also from Calicut(Kozhikode) the city of Kerala. Once the Raja of Kottarakkara who attracted by Krishnanattam. He requested to Zamorin for the troupe of performers. Due to the political rivalry, Zamorin did not allow this. So that’s why Kottarakkara Thampuran created another one art form called ramanattam. The King of erstwhile Vettathu kingdom introduced to Ramanattam and renamed it as Kathakali. After that, king of Kottayam took measures to popularize this art form.

Know about the Costumes

In the all Indian classical dance form, kathakali dance form is one of the most famous form in the world for its costumes which are generally use to perform story or a play

In the costumes consisting head mask, and colorful painted face, and dress. It is too much difficult get prepare a Troupe for performance its takes several hours to get prepared.

kathakali face

kathakali face

The seven types of basic makeup’s are used in the dance form Pazhuppu (ripe), Kari, Thaadi, Teppu, Minukku, Kathi(knife) or Pachcha (green).

How to Choreograph kathakali

When a dancer choreograph a kathakali dance performance. There are many points that should be focus. The main point is mudra’s because kakhakali dance form is totally based upon mudra’s. There are 24 types of mudra’s those are used for choreograph a song or theme. In a simple way know the mudra’s we can say it steps or movement of hands and body.

kathakali mudras

To know the difference between kathak or kathakali   click here…

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