Mudras. Kathakali mudras (hand gestures). HOME · ABOUT US · About Us · Performance · Food & Accomodation · MASTERS · · Mary John · Riya K. Mudras (hand poses) play a pivotal role in Kathakali. Mudras tremendously reduce literary expressions to elementary notions very easily. The basic Mudras. Kathakali is a highly stylized classical kerala dance performance noted for its attractive make-up of characters, their elaborate costumes.
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At this stage the curtain is pulled off from the stage.
Trench ditch There are 13 double hand symbols and 12 single hand symbols using this Mudra. Ear of the elephant 4 Single hand symbols: White bristles are placed on the ridges, while lips are coloured red. Wing of a bird, 2. Considering all these Mudras and their seperations there are totally symbols used in Kathakali. Elaborated, colourful and thoughtful make-up influences the dramatic effects in top level.
This is preliminary dance on the stage by the main character. Kathakali, literally meaning ‘story-play’, is a dance-drama originated in the 17th century in Kerala, one of the kathaksli states in India lying on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. This make-up is with black beard and black coat. Ears of cow, 4. Anti-hero draws the curtain towards him and surge forward.
Kathakali Guide and Explanation
Hamsaasyam Swan’s peek Godess of wealth, Ramanaattam was renamed to Attakatha. Make-up Procedure The mathakali make-up of Kathakali consumes more than three hours.
Make-up is a highly reckoning factor in Kathakali. Grand laudable make-up, highly peculiar costumes and mind soothing music go with Kathakali in a spectacular scale.
Ardhachandram Half moon Tortoise Double hand symbols: Thripathaaka Flag with three colours Arrest Kathaoali symbol of ‘addressing’ anybody is showed using the Mudra Hamsapaksham. In this make-up the face is coloured red, while chin, lips and around the eyes black lines are drawn. Each colour in make-up denotes each particular quality.
The cheek region, Over it, from centre of both the chin to the lower jaw, white rice paste curves known as Chuttis are given. In the open expanse of land, 8. The facial make-up begins with green colour base.
There are 10 double hand symbols: Red is applied on the sides of mufras nose and stretches it to the forehead above eye-brows to look like an upturned moustache. Male performer ties a small woolen cloth above the anklet and ties bells fixed on a leather pad below the knee. Kari Kari black make-up is for female evil characters like Soorpanaka and Simhika. HamsaPaksham Swan’s wing 9.
Three types of acting are embodied in Kathakali. For example to show the symbol ‘Indra’, the Mudra “Sikharam” in one hand and the Mudra “Mushti” in the other hand; for ‘Sivan’ the Mudras used are “Mrigaseersham” and “Hamsapaksham”; etc.
Angika — pertaining to the body and its limbs Vachika — relating to the vocal including proper pronunciation, modulation of voice accents and percussion Satvika — representation of psychic condition Ahraya — costume, make-up, stage props etc Angika Abhinaya: Taadi Taadi or beard is created for both the characters — godly and demonic. Hairs of the body 4 single hand symbols: Purappaadu This is preliminary dance on the stage by the main character. The colourful faces are the results of hours of painstaking handiwork by expert artists.
He ties around 30 to 40 pieces of short cloth around the waist aided by a long cloth twisted rope. Swinging of elephant’s ears, 8. They are Angika — pertaining to the body and its limbs Vachika — relating to the vocal including proper pronunciation, modulation of voice accents and percussion Satvika — representation of psychic condition Ahraya — costume, make-up, stage props etc Angika Abhinaya: This will help the actor to go deeper into the characterization of the role in proper situation in the play.
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