Kathakali is among the primary types of classical dance-drama of India, several other significant ones being Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, and also Odissi. It is aboriginal to southwestern India, specifically the state of Kerala, and also is based upon the subject from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, as well as tales from Shaiva literary works. Enacted outdoors, the presentation is an all-night feature. During the action, voices repeat the story as mimicked by professional dancers; incidental dances, accompanied by ear-splitting drumbeats, enhance the performance. Traditionally, kathakali is done solely by men and young children who enact both males and also ladies. The professional dancers are devoted to their practice throughout their lives.
The motion is energetic and also colorful. Stylized movements and faces follow the guidelines of Bharata Natyam. Gestures are large and also solid, the pointing of a finger precedes a move of the body and also a fantastic circling of the arms. Faces are covered to look like painted masks. The outfit contains a full skirt, a hefty jacket, many garlands and lockets, and a towering headdress.