Details on Kuchipudi & Kathakali for Competitive Exams

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Image of Kuchipudi

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

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

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

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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