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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Kathakali Dance Theatre Guide. Sukathundam Parrot’s peek 7. After the face work is over, the performer wears costume. The costumes of Kathakali have resemblance with the costumes of Koodiyaattam and Chakyaarkooth. The intricate make-up of Kathakali consumes more than three hours. A religious vow, 8. The colourful faces are the results of hours of painstaking handiwork by expert artists. The music plays cardinal role in Kathakali.

Kathakali is performed anywhere, but mostly in temple precincts. Vachika drama text in the form of verses and songs are recited and sung by vocalists. Lips are made red, while eyes and eye-lashes are made black.

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One of the major distinguishing features of Kathakali is the absence of oral communication. Ear of the elephant katgakali Single hand symbols: That is, some symbols are shown using two different Mudras in both hands. Ardhachandram Half moon We are here to help you plan something special and memorable. This is for giving the skirt an oval shape. Kartharee Mukham Scissor’s sharp point. Anjaly Folded hands in Salutation: There are ‘Asamyutha Mudras’ that is shown using single hand and ‘Samyutha Mudras’ mudras shown in double hands in each Basic Mudras, to show different symbols.


There are 11 double hand symbols and 9 single hand symbols using this Mudra.

A white pattern is developed from green painted base of the nose to lead to either side of the cheeks by encircling the red spots. The up-beat music electrifies the moods of the performer to display with defined and refined foot steps. In olden times, 9.

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There are 36 double hand symbols and 10 single hand symbols using this Mudra. Male performer ties a small woolen cloth above the anklet and ties bells fixed on a leather kathhakali below the knee. In this art form the essential characteristic is the moment of hand and body along with the beat of the orchestra.

Tortoise Double hand symbols: One of the distinguishing characteristics of Kathakali is that the actors do not speak. There are 24 Basic Mudras hand gestures in the “Hasthalakshana Deepika”, which Kathakali is followed.

Ear-ring of a female, 2. Swinging of elephant’s ears, 8. For a typical performance, a simple temporary pandal canopy made of thatched kathaoali will be erected. Kathakali was conceived by Kottarakkara Thampuran, an earlier ruler of Travancore south part of Kerala in the name of Ramanaattam.

At this stage the curtain is pulled off kathakzli the stage. In other words, each colour represents each character with marked costume and make-up. Make-up Procedure The intricate make-up of Kathakali consumes more than three hours.


Soochimukham Needle’s sharp point: Attakatha was again renamed to the present name of Kathakali, capsuled elaboration of story by dance and gestures. A white rosette with a red dot within is made in the middle of the chin and lower katbakali of the lip and up-to the chin is red coloured.

Anti-hero draws the curtain towards him and surge forward.

Worship of god using 8 substances, 5. They form a cycle of eight stories based on Ramayana. To shoot arrows, 6. Katakam Golden Bangle 4. He ties around 30 to 40 pieces of short cloth around the waist aided by a long cloth twisted rope. On the forehead and nose tip Chuttipuvus flower-like white knobs in larger size than for any other characters are also shown. Thripathaaka Flag with three colours: An expert puts the jathakali of his talent on the face with a thin rod.

Artists are capable of producing a range of sounds varying from the gentle rattle of dry leaves in a breeze to reverberating thunder on Chenda.

He shakes the curtain violently. No singing at this moment, but the drum beat crosses tolerable limit. The facial make-up begins with green colour base.

Sound of quick and heavy foot-steps from behind the curtain pierces through the atmosphere. The stage will be decorated with coconut mathakali, bunches of areca nuts etc. Voicing the rich cultural and traditional heritage of Kerala.