Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gestures of KATHAKALI


A Book by Dr. R. SREEKUMAR

Kerala art form
Kathakali, also known as kali or attam is the greatest visual miracle that Kerala has ever presented to the world of performing arts. This art form from the God’s own country presents stories from the Hindu epics and represents the cultural heritage of Kerala. Attakatha is the literary side which narrates the respective story in the form of poems and slokas, and its expression or presentation in the stage is Kathakali. In Kathakali meaning of each stanza of the poem is acted out on stage in accurate and well-calculated gestures. Gestures are indispensable part of performing art and the ones followed in Kathakali are primarily taken from Hastalakshanadeepika. Hastalakshanadeepika mainly describes twenty four basic gestures including both joined hand (using both the hands) and single hand (showing with one hand) gestures. Besides these twenty four gestures of Hastalakshanadeepika there are a few others, known as identical and mixed gestures. Identical gesture expresses more than one symbol with a single gesture and mixed gesture means more than one gesture used to show a single symbol.
A book written by Dr R Sreekumar


Kathakali Mudhra

In this book by Dr. R. Sreekumar, more than six hundred symbols are mentioned and explained in a simple language along with one thousand and two hundred photographs, including twenty four fundamental gestures given in Hastalakshanadeepika, and also mixed and related gestures. This book is a great guide for those who desire to understand and relish the marvelous art form, Kathakali.


P.S: To know more about this book, contact Dr. R. Sreekumar at sreenatteril@gmail.com
(Book Available both in Malayalam and English)

Sneak Peek at the photos inside:



Kathakali Pacha vesham

Kathakali Chuvapu tadi veham

Kathakali vella thadi vesham

Kathakali Krishna vesham


Karakodaka vesham in Kathakali



19 comments:

  1. Its a beautiful art form...There was one Kathakali performance and I remember what a painstaking process the make-up was...Hats off to these artists!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really is, it's not only the make-up but the whole costume too, it weighs few kilos and then the Kiridam, hats off to them for their dedication to this wonderful art form...

      Delete
  2. it's a beautiful and captivating dance form...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes it is Sakshi, Shows the cultural heritage of God's own country...

      Thanks for taking the time to read my posts... :)

      Delete
  3. It is an unique art form and is very intriguing for people out side Kerala. The colors , the wardrobe,depictions, the music, is very enchanting . I would say, the Kerala audience and the people have kept this art form alive and flourishing.

    Thanks fro the nice photographs.

    ReplyDelete
  4. you know a lot about this dance form------i think you must be a dancer yourself-am i right?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes you are right Indu, but the reason behind my love towards Kathakali started with my great grand father, The Kathakali Legend Sri. Harippadu Ramakrishna Pillai...

      Delete
  5. Kathakali is really a beautiful art and it is a pride for every malayali. Thank you for the information about the book :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Good to learn about this visually captivating dance form from the master!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lovely post and enchanting visuals. Although I am a Keralite too, I am ashamed to say I have never seen this dance form live. Even though I learnt bharatnatyam and a bit of Mohiniattam, I never explored this beautiful and expressive form of art.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope that my post will encourage you to see this beautiful art form more... :)

      Thanks for your comment...
      TC

      Delete
  8. Beauty.. And your blogging style is as beautiful as that

    ReplyDelete
  9. Incredible India! Incredible post! I am so delighted. Thanks for the post. My first sight love!!
    More later!

    ReplyDelete
  10. So far I have seen a couple of on stage Kathakali shows and its amazing. I really liked it. I might for for more.

    ReplyDelete

freedom of expression is yours, use it......

Popular Posts