Like any performance art, Kathakali has seen its share of innovations over the course of time. A major change that occurred in the middle of the 20th century was the experimentations with non-mythological stories as [...]
Lowering the Tirasseela: Every Kathakali performance begins with the tirasseela being lowered. The word tira means ‘waves’ and seela means ‘cloth’. The tirasseela is a piece of fabric held on the stage by two men [...]
She knew she was going to die. But, a well-read woman she was; she knew stories. She perused the books, legends, anecdotes as well as examples to weave captivating stories to prevent the fate, which [...]
At the very beginning I should admit that I’ve plagiarised the title of this article from Satyajit Ray’s anthology of film critique, Our Films, Their Films, where the legendary filmmaker, writer, composer and painter discusses [...]
The Author of the recently released magna-opus on Kathakali Dance-Theatre: A visual narrative of Sacred Indian Mime, KK Gopalakrishnan speaks to us to understand some nitty-gritty's regarding Kathakali; its past, present and the possible future. In the [...]
India is a land of storytellers and behind every Indian festival there’s a fascinating fable. Onam, the state festival of Kerala, celebrates the legend of King Mahabali who was known to be a just, generous and kind ruler of his people. This attracted the attention of the gods, as Mahabali was an asura (demon) who had become too powerful, and Lord Vishnu came down to earth to restore balance, in his fifth avatar—a dwarf Brahmin called Vamana.