Cultural Sojourn: Performing Arts

While in Kerala, we witnessed the colourful Kathakali (Indian classical dance form) and Kalaripayuttu (traditional martial arts) performances.

Kathakali

Kathakali dance is a combination of detailed facial expressions and hand gestures/ mudras for expressing various emotions and dialogues. The music and colourful costumes add character to the performance.

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The artists applying elaborate make-up (made of natural colours) on their faces before the performance begins…
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…and they are ready!

 

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Kalaripayuttu

This is the traditional Martial Arts form of Kerala. It is said that the techniques of Kalaripayuttu were adapted into other martial art forms such as karate, Kung-fu, judo. Fought with weapons ranging from sword, shield, dagger, stick to bare hands, it is thrilling to watch and full of breathtaking moments (pictured below)!

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