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Kinetics of Kathakali and Kuchipudi: Demystifying Fine Arts, (Volume 29)

Vidya Bhavani Suresh (Author)
Synopsis Kathakali is very elaborate, specific and well defined in its make-up technique and costume designing. Tremendous importance is attached to facial expressions and hand gestures. This classical form is spectacular, colourful, exaggerated and larger-than life. Here, each artiste plays a specific role. Kathakali has different character types--hero, anti-hero, villain, good man etc. Each character type has a different face colour, face attachment (chutti), crown and costume.

Kuchipudi performances are a sequence of items of varying duration. They bring out a range of themes and are aptly interspersed with brilliant pure dance sequences. Of these, the Tharangam is most important. In this item, the artiste dances on a brass plate, sometimes even balancing a brass pot with water. A well-trained dancer can move all through the stage on the plate and perform a range of movements, leaving the audience truly wonder struck.

This book gives a detailed and complete picture of both these amazing and unique classical performing arts of the country.
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About the author

Vidya Bhavani Suresh

Vidya Bhavani Suresh is a renowned Bharatanatyam Exponent and Musicologist. Vidya has performed extensively in India and abroad. Vidya runs her own school of dance and music called Skanda School of Performing Arts at Chennai. She has received a fellowship from the Govt. of India for Research in a rare folk theatre form. She has already authored 23 books and released 10 audio cassettes on dance and music. Vidya is a Company Secretary by profession.

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Title Kinetics of Kathakali and Kuchipudi: Demystifying Fine Arts, (Volume 29)
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Skanda Publication
Language: English
length 384p.