A well known dance drama from south indian state of kerela. meaning story play.known for its large, elaborate makeup and costumes. The elaborate costumes of Kathakali have become the most recognised icon for Kerala.The themes of the Kathakali are religious in nature. They typically deal with the Mahabarat, the Ramayana and the ancient scriptures known as the Puranas. This is performed in a text which is generally Malayalam. The actors rely very heavily on hand gesture to convey the story. These hand gestures, known as mudra, are common through out much of classical Indian dance.
The costume , most distinctive characteristic of Kathakali. Costumes are usully very large and heavy. There are: Sathwika (the hero), Kathi (the villain), Minukku (females), and Thatti. These basic divisions are further subdivided in a way which is very well known to audiences. Each character is instantly recognisable by their characteristic makeup and costume.The dancers wear large head dresses mainly Kireedam, face is painted. The extraordinary costumes and make up serve to raise the participants above the level of mere mortals, so that they may transport the audience to a world of wonders.
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