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The Art Of Kathakali
Transcript of The Art Of Kathakali
The Art Of Kathakali
PURPOSE OF THEATRE
Depicts stories of Gods and Demons
Allows resting of Lord Shiva
ROAD TO KATHAKALI
13 years of training
Guided by Ashan or Guru
Based on Kalari Pyattu
Estimated formative year in the late 17th century
A combination of 2 art forms
Traditionally outside court houses at night
Today it is performed in Hindu temples and amphitheaters
VENUES: SACRED ITEMS
Where the hand moves, the eyes follows
Where the eyes moves, the mind follows
Where the mind moves, the mood follows
Based on a certain set of colours
Represents an aspect or character
Black = Evil
Green = God like
In-charge of makeup
Create the mood required
Has teaching experience in Kathakali
Bright and contrasting colours
Time and experience to learn the differences
Support the width of the skirts
Enables costume to balance well
Hand carving is time consuming
Factors have affected production
Indian Classical Music
Fluidity; No Pauses
The Conch Shell
a. Nrittam (pure dance)
b. Natyam (drama/enactment of play)
c. Nrityam (concepts)
Strong, medium, light strokes
Multiple units of time > A cycle > Rhythmn pattern
Kathakali dance-drama : where gods and demons come to play
Zarrilli, Phillip B., 1947-
London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
Kathakali, the dance theatre
Asiatic Society (Calcutta, India)
Calcutta : Asiatic Society, 1999.
The art of kathakali
Pandeya, Avinash C.
New Delhi : Munshiram Manoharlal, 1999
QUESTION 1 !
When was kathakali formed?
What is gestures called in Kathakali?
What colour does green represents in terms of Kathakali makeup?
How many years does one have to train for Kathakali?
FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION!
MUSIC : RHYTHM
Patina Kala (Extremely slow)
Vilamba (Very Slow)
4 speeds of rhythm