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Hinduism - What Is The Kathakali?


Kathakali is an Indian classical dance genre that includes Bharatanatyam, Orissi, Kuchipudi, Kathak, and Manipuri, among others.

Classical dances, like much of traditional Indian culture, are associated with certain locations; Kathakali is largely found in Kerala.

Kathakali, unlike many other classical forms, did not evolve in a temple context.

It emerged as a developed form in the seventeenth century, while it has roots in centuries-old folk and religious plays.

The men's version of Kathakali is Mohini Attam, whereas the women's form is Kathakali.

One of the most spectacular shows in Indian arts is a Kathakali performance.

The dancers' training emphasizes controlled facial motion to promote ease and force of expression, which contributes to the drama.

The dancers are dressed in extravagant costumes and headdresses.

The most remarkable aspect is the intricate makeup—the heroes' faces are painted a vibrant green with fluted ridges made of rice paste affixed to their cheeks, while the villains' chins and foreheads are painted green and red with pith knobs attached.

The dance goes between muscular leaps and grand spins stylistically, with religious scriptures serving as the primary source of storytelling.

Kathakali, like many Indian dances, has a well-developed "vocabulary" of gestures and facial expressions that allows the dancers to participate in elaborate storytelling.

Kathakali, like all other classical dances, has evolved throughout the years, driven on by a shift in the venue from temple courtyards to stage performances.

A scheduled stage performance, for example, requires a well-organized "program" and a predetermined time constraint, while Kathakali performances used to continue all night.

Mohan Khokar's Traditions of Indian Classical Dance, published in 1984, has further information. 


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Hinduism - What Is Kathak?


Bharatanatyam, Orissi, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, and Manipuri are some of the other Indian classical dance genres.

Classical dances, like much of traditional Indian culture, are associated with certain locations; Kathak is largely found in northern India.

Kathak is said to have developed from Braj's ras lilas, devotional dances depicting incidents from Krishna's life.

This notion has little historical evidence and may just represent a desire to enshrine religion in all aspects of Indian culture.

Kathak, on the other hand, developed as an art form in the northern Indian monarchs' courts, where it was performed for the amusement of the king and his guests.

Over time, two main Kathak hubs emerged: Jaipur, which is recognized for its spectacular footwork, and Lucknow, which is noted for its emphasis on acting.

Kathak is distinguished stylistically by an erect posture with straight legs.

The dance focuses on quick, rhythmic foot movements, which are enhanced by bell strings worn on the dancer's ankles and accompanied by repeated rotations; the body is kept relatively static.

Kathak, like many other forms of Indian dance, has a well-developed "vocabulary" of facial expressions and arm and hand movements that enable the dancer to communicate a wide variety of emotions to the audience.

Mohan Khokar's Traditions of Indian Classical Dance, published in 1984, has further information. 


You may also want to read more about Hinduism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on religion here.