Details on Kuchipudi & Kathakali for Punjab PSC

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Image of Kuchipudi

Image of Kuchipudi

  • It originates from Andhra Pradesh.

  • Village name kuchipudi.

  • Intially done by male artist in-group called Bhagvatharu.

  • It shares many common elements with Bharatanatyam.

  • Theme initially based on bhagwatpuran later a secular theme with dominance of shringar.

  • In Tarangam (a unique kuchipudi dance) dancer dances on plate with diyas in the hands and vessel of water on the head.

  • Carnatic music is used.

  • Costumes are similar to Bharatanatyam.

Image of kuchipudi Dance form

Image of Kuchipudi Dance Form

  • Costume also include ‘Katcham’ (long fold) at the back of the costume

  • Female characters wear ornaments and jewelry.

  • Dancer combines herself into singer

  • Use of speech

  • Unique feature-Taal chitra natya-dancers draw painting on the floor with dancing toes

  • Manduk shabdam-story of a frog

  • Laasya and tandav both present

  • Artists-Raja and radhar Reddy,esther sharman,Indrani Rehman


Image of Kathkali dance form

Image of Kathkali Dance Form

  • It originates from Kerala state.

  • Kathakali

  • Dance drama

  • Theme mythological

  • Conflict between God and evil in grand manner-bhadrakali n asur wars

  • Facial expression eye and eye-brows

  • Attractive make-up of characters and elaborate costumes are used.

  • Performance is a combination of five elements:

  • Natyam (expression), Nritham (dance), >Nrithyam (enactment), >Geetha m (vocal) and >Vadyam (instruments)

  • Carnatic music is used with Manipravalam as language of songs.

Image of Kathkali Dance women Make up

Image of Kathkali Dance Women Make Up

  • Elaborate make up is used.

  • Green face color- noble characters (Pacha) Green with red streaks- characters with evil streaks Red face color excessively evil characters Women have yellow face color.

  • Costumes are elaborate and differ according to character

  • Origin in temples

  • Generally, it performed in open air

  • It starts at night and ends with the arrival of dawn

  • Brass lamp on the stage

  • At the starting,continuous thundering of drums

  • Artists kala Mandalam Gopi,kala Mandalam Murli

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