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A Guide to Kathakali
A Guide to Kathakali
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About the Book:

In this book the author explains in simple language what Kathakali is all about. It is intended to help anyone who is not conversant with the art, or who knows little about Hindu mythology, to enjoy a performance which is very difficult to follow unless one has some understanding of what is happening on the stage.

The author worked in Kerala for twenty-five years. In his spare time he made a detailed study of Kathakali and established a close relationship with many of the people who are now keeping this ancient art alive: actors, musicians, make-up artistes, teachers and students. On retiring to England he decided to write a book on the subject which would help the uninitiated to understand this great but somewhat abstruse art form, feeling that there was a general need for something short and simple which would explain some of the intricacies of Kathakali.

The book contains, among other things, brief summaries of the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Bhagavata Purana (on which all classical Kathakali plays are based) and a scene-by-scene description of the action on the stage in the 35 most popular plays. It is illustrated with photographs taken from actual performances on various dates between 1954 and 1994, depicting many well known Kathakali actors over a span of four decades.

CONTENTS
Foreword to the Third Editionv
Illustrationsxi
PART ONE - KATHAKALI IN A NUTSHELL1
    Introduction3
    History3
    Training4
    The Characters5
    The Make-up6
    The Costume8
    The Stage9
    The Musicians9
    The Actors10
    The Performance11
PART TWO - THE STORIES OF 35 PLAYS13
    Kathakali plays15
    Mahabharata17
    Plays from the Mahabharata30
    Bhagavata Purana61
    Ramayana90
    Plays from the Ramayana95
    The story of Nala117
    Plays from the story of Nala120
    Miscellaneous stories131
PART THREE - ASPECTS OF PERFORMANCE141
    The acting and dancing of Kathakali143
    The Mudras of Kathakali144
    The music of Kathakali146
PART FOUR - APPENDICES149
    1. Complete list of characters grouped under different types of make-up151
    2. Kathakali characters and the plays in which they appear153
    3. Summary of characters and roles156
    4. List of authors, their dates and the plays which they composed157
    5. Alphabetical index of plays158
    6. Glossary of technical words159
    7. Kathakali on video162
    8. Bibliography for further reading163

A Guide to Kathakali

Item Code:
IDD965
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
1998
ISBN:
81-207-1833-X
Language:
English
Size:
8.6" X 5.6"
Pages:
173(Col. Illus: 8, B & W Illus: 8, Figures: 3)
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About the Book:

In this book the author explains in simple language what Kathakali is all about. It is intended to help anyone who is not conversant with the art, or who knows little about Hindu mythology, to enjoy a performance which is very difficult to follow unless one has some understanding of what is happening on the stage.

The author worked in Kerala for twenty-five years. In his spare time he made a detailed study of Kathakali and established a close relationship with many of the people who are now keeping this ancient art alive: actors, musicians, make-up artistes, teachers and students. On retiring to England he decided to write a book on the subject which would help the uninitiated to understand this great but somewhat abstruse art form, feeling that there was a general need for something short and simple which would explain some of the intricacies of Kathakali.

The book contains, among other things, brief summaries of the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Bhagavata Purana (on which all classical Kathakali plays are based) and a scene-by-scene description of the action on the stage in the 35 most popular plays. It is illustrated with photographs taken from actual performances on various dates between 1954 and 1994, depicting many well known Kathakali actors over a span of four decades.

CONTENTS
Foreword to the Third Editionv
Illustrationsxi
PART ONE - KATHAKALI IN A NUTSHELL1
    Introduction3
    History3
    Training4
    The Characters5
    The Make-up6
    The Costume8
    The Stage9
    The Musicians9
    The Actors10
    The Performance11
PART TWO - THE STORIES OF 35 PLAYS13
    Kathakali plays15
    Mahabharata17
    Plays from the Mahabharata30
    Bhagavata Purana61
    Ramayana90
    Plays from the Ramayana95
    The story of Nala117
    Plays from the story of Nala120
    Miscellaneous stories131
PART THREE - ASPECTS OF PERFORMANCE141
    The acting and dancing of Kathakali143
    The Mudras of Kathakali144
    The music of Kathakali146
PART FOUR - APPENDICES149
    1. Complete list of characters grouped under different types of make-up151
    2. Kathakali characters and the plays in which they appear153
    3. Summary of characters and roles156
    4. List of authors, their dates and the plays which they composed157
    5. Alphabetical index of plays158
    6. Glossary of technical words159
    7. Kathakali on video162
    8. Bibliography for further reading163

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