Kathakali dance is a traditional dance form from the south Indian state of Kerala. Kerala is the home of several traditional dance and dance - drama forms, the most notable dance form is Kathakali. Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala, South India, which dates from the 17th century and is rooted in Hindu mythology.
Kathakali has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. Kathakali dance form is very popular today. Chakiarkoothu, Koodiyattam, Krishnattam and Ramanattam are few of the ritual performing Arts Of Kerala which have had a direct influence on Kathakali in its form and technique.
Dance Kathakali is a blend of dance, music and acting and dramatizes stories, which are mostly adapted from the Indian epics. Kathakali derives its textual sanction from Balarama Bharatam and Hastalakshana Deepika. Kathakali dance is chiefly interpretative. The characters in a Kathakali performance are broadly divided into satvika, rajasika and tamasika types.
Satvika characters are noble, heroic, generous and refined. In pacha, green colour dominates and kirita (headgear) is worn by all. Krishna and Rama wear special crowns decorated with peacock feathers. The noble characters like Indra, Arjun and the Devas are some of the pachacharacters.
A Kathakali performance begins with the kelikottu, calling the audience to attention followed by the todayam. Kathakali is a group presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Kathakali classical dance of Kerala owes its transnational fame to the nearly 300-year-old. Images of Kathakali dance are available on websites and youtube.
Kathakali dance videos are available on youtube and other websites. The most striking element in Kathakali dance is its dramatic quality. The history of Kathakali dance form is the result of fusion between pre - aryan Dravidians and later dance forms are introduced by Brahmins. History of Kathakali dance is deep rooted in the Culture Of Kerala and back to the Dravidian ages.