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Kathakali is a classical stylized Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion during the 17th century. Traditional Kathakali performance begins in the evening and continues throughout night. Kathakali is typically performed before the immense Kalivilakku (kali importance move; vilakku significance light) kathakali is originated from "Krishnanattam", showing the life and experiences of Lord Krishna made by Sri Manavedan Raja. KottarakkaraThampuran made an alternate fine art called Ramanattam which was later converted into Aattakatha. Krishnanaattam was composed in Sanskrit, and Ramanattam was in Malayalam.
The stories mainly included in kathakali is  Nalacharitham (a story from the Mahabharata), DuryodhanaVadham (focusing on the Mahabharata war after profiling the build-up to it), Kalyanasougandhikam, (the story of Bhima going to get blooms for his wife Panchali), Keechakavadham (an alternate story of Bhima and Panchali, yet this time throughout their stint in mask), Kiratham (Arjuna and Lord Shiva's battle, from the Mahabharata), Karnashapatham (an alternate story from the Mahabharata), Nizhalkuthu and Bhadrakalivijayam wrote by PannisseriNanuPillai. Additionally arranged every now and again incorporate stories like Kuchelavrittam, Santanagopalam, Balivijayam, Dakshayagam etc.
 Kathakali additionally imparts a great deal of likenesses to Krishnanattam, Koodiyattam and Ashtapadiyattam , additionally joins a few different components from customary and formal artistic expressions like Mudiyettu, Thiyyattu, Theyyam and Padayani moreover a minor allotment of people abstractions like Porattunatakam. The principle facial declarations of a Kathakali artists are the "navarasams".The dialect of the tunes utilized for Kathakali is Manipravalam.

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