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Mudras. Kathakali mudras (hand gestures). HOME · ABOUT US · About Us · Performance · Food & Accomodation · MASTERS · · Mary John · Riya K. Mudras (hand poses) play a pivotal role in Kathakali. Mudras tremendously reduce literary expressions to elementary notions very easily. The basic Mudras. Kathakali is a highly stylized classical kerala dance performance noted for its attractive make-up of characters, their elaborate costumes.

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On the forehead and nose tip Chuttipuvus flower-like white knobs in larger size than for any other characters are also shown.

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Katti in local language is knife. Misra Mudras Mixed Mudras: It was one of the Rajas Chieftain midras Kottarakkara, who wrote the first play intended for Kathakali performance. A white pattern is developed from green painted base of the nose to lead to either side of the cheeks by encircling the akthakali spots.

The cheek region, Male member of Brahmin caste, 4. Behind the lamp a rectangular curtain is held by two persons.

Make-up is a highly reckoning factor in Kathakali. Ardhachandram Half moon Vachika drama text in the form of verses and songs are recited and sung by vocalists.

In Kathakali the story is enlivened in the dance.

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Two oval shaped red spots — one each on forehead and nose tip — complete the White Taadi. In the open expanse of land, 8. Anjaly Folded hands in Salutation Techniques Kathakali is a dance-drama in which a high degree of stylization is seen in the method of acting, presentation, make-up and costuming.

The vocal form for the Kathakali is known as Sopaanam, which generally two singers perform.

The performer lies flat with face up on floor in a mat. Tortoise Double hand symbols: Samaana Mudras Same Mudras: Vishnu God kahhakali, 2. Aharya dress deportment makes the art exemplary. This is a complicated and meticulous make-up.

Katti This is a complicated and meticulous make-up. Anjaly Folded hands in Salutation: HamsaPaksham Swan’s wing 9.

The make-up, called Chutty in the bibliography of Kathakali, is also an art form in itself. There are ‘Asamyutha Mudras’ that is shown using single hand and ‘Samyutha Mudras’ mudras shown in double hands in each Basic Mudras, to show different symbols.

In this make-up the face is coloured red, while chin, lips and around the eyes black lines are drawn. In Kummi a sort of dance the movements and gestures are not rigid.

Kapidhakam The fruit of a tree 8. Sarpasirassu Serpant’s head Elaborated, colourful and thoughtful make-up influences the dramatic effects in top level.

Female characters spontaneously breaking into “Sari” and “Kummi” dances can be seen in few dramas. Kathakali Kathakali, literally meaning ‘story-play’, is a dance-drama originated in the 17th century in Kerala, one of the smallest states in India lying on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. For a typical performance, a simple temporary pandal canopy made of thatched roof will be erected. A religious vow, 8.


Structure of the Performance In olden days Kathakali performance mostly took place on temple premises or at the house of a local landlord. Reddening of the white portions of eyes of the characters is a salient feature in Kathakali.

There are 68 Mixed Mudras. Ayurveda Packages Ayurveda Centre. Faces are blackened and a red crescent is created in centre-cheeks. The role of each of these art forms is very vital in the making of Kathakali what it is, the King of performing arts, particularly theatre.

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Thin decorative coating of Chutti covers the black end portion of the face and meets the Chuttinata hem of head dress. The actors stand behind the curtain. Hair of the head, 3. Dance Although dance is an important element in Kathakali, it is not the main feature.