Kathakali is a dance form of storytelling, originated in Kerala and has won hearts all around the world. A Magnificent dance form using elaborate makeup and vibrant costumes, essentially means story play. Originated in the 16th and 17th Century around the same time as Shakespeare, Kathakali is the Indian answer to story telling. Nowadays it’s no longer restricted to temples or men, Kathakali now is performed widely in theatres and is India’s most recognizable dance form.
Why should you learn this dance form?
Kathakali is an amazing dance form that beautifully represents the culture and art of Kerala. This dance form involves subtle facial expressions, slight hand and feet movements, and a unique dancing costume that is way different from conventional classical dance forms. Kathakali is the representation of humanity in Hinduism which helps the audience to look back on history.
The main element of this dance form is its coordination between eye expression, hand movement, and leg movement. In this dance performance, there are always two main characters that are good and evil which can be distinguished by their facial paintings and masks.
Costumes play a very crucial part in this dance form since they dress according to their characters. Male dancers mainly wear dark-colored full-sleeve jackets and often bulged-out skirts. All dancers generally wear the same skirts except the Minukku dancer. On the other hand, the Female dancers generally white sarees along with red jackets and ornamented scarfs.