Kathakali and Kalari – the tradition of Kerala

March 28, 2016 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

In the evening we went to see the performance of Kathakali and Kalari.


Kathakali is ritual folk dance and dance drama of Kerala.

Traditionally, a Kathakali performance is usually conducted at night and ends in early morning. Nowadays the performance are shorter than one or two hours. the Actors were wearing elaborate masks with painted faces, colorful costumes and headdresses. 


The word Kalari means “threshing floor” or „battlefield“. The Training-Kalaripayattu, a martial art of Kerala is traditionally done inside the Kalari.

The Kalari Puttara- “platform where flowers are kept“ was placed in the south-west corner and houses the guardian deity of the Kalari. The Puttara has seven tiered platform symbolise the seven abilities that each person must possess.  Vignesva (strength), Channiga (patience), Vishnu (power to command), Vadugashcha (the posture), Tadaguru (training), Kali (the expression) and Vakasta – purushu (sound). Other deities, most of them incarnations of the Bhagavathi or Shiva, are installed in the corners. Flowers, incense and water are offered to the deity every day.


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