Sunday, January 8, 2012

Kathakali Dance from India

Kathakali is the most well known dance drama from the south Indian state of Kerala.  The word Kathakali literally means "Story-Play".  It is 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. Kathakali has a long tradition.  It dates back to the 17th century. A Kathakali performance is a major social event.  They generally start at dusk and go throughout the night.

(left) Protul Chandra Sorcar (1913 – 1971), a famous Indian magician.
(middle) Major General Dewan Misri Chand (1907 – 1970).
(right) Gaurishankar Dalmia (1910 – 1988) took an active part in the freedom struggle.


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