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Kinetics of Kathakali and Kuchipudi

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Item Code: NAL724
Author: Vidya Bhavani Suresh
Publisher: A Skanda Publication, Chennai
Language: English
Edition: 2009
Pages: 384 (Throughtout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Weight 780 gm
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100% Made in India
100% Made in India
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Fair trade
23 years in business
23 years in business
Shipped to 153 countries
Shipped to 153 countries

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About the Book

Kathakali is very elaborate, specific and well defined in its make-up technique and costume designing. Tremendous importance is attached to facial expressions and hand gestures. This classical form is spectacular, colourful, exaggerated and larger-than-life. Here, each artiste plays a specific role. Kathakali has different character types - hero, anti- hero, villain, good man etc. Each character type has a different face colour, face attachment (chutti), crown and costume.

Kuchipudi performances are a sequence of items of varying duration. They bring out a range of themes and are aptly interspersed with brilliant pure dance sequences. Of these, the Tharangam is most important. In this item, the artiste dances on a brass plate, sometimes even balancing a brass pot with water. A well-trained dancer can move all through the stage on the plate and perform a range of movements, leaving the audience truly wonder struck.




1 What is Kathakali? 13
2 The Kathakali Training 20
3 The Kathakali Make-up 28
4 Paccha Vesham 33
5 Types of Characters 73
6 Reflecting on the Transformation 95
7 The Art of Communication 99
8 The Kathakali Music 115
9 Some Salient Features 123
10 Kathakali and Kathak 131
11 Kathakali in a Changing Context 145
12 Kathakali at a glance 151
13 Kattalan Vesham 153
14 Kuchipudi Postures 179
15 Kuchipudi accessories 207
16 What is Kuchipudi? 219
17 Performing Technique 235
18 The Classroom 249
19 More on Adavus and Leg Positions 261
20 The Four types of Abhinaya 283
21 The Music Accompaniment 291
22 The format of a solo performance 295
23 Kuchipudi at a glance 321
24 Note on Naming of the Book 325
25 Getting the Artiste Ready 329
  From the Editor's Desk 384
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