Codified Gestures and Expressions

by Decoding Kathakali
Codified Gestures and Expressions 03 Sep, 2021, 8:25PM to
12 Sep, 2021, 11:55PM (EDT)
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Collaborator Soc for Indian Music & Arts Indian Classical Music Society of Vancouver First Edition Arts Nritya at Penn State Indian Fine Arts Academy of SD
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This film takes us into the heart of a Kathakali performance. The Kathakali actors do not speak or utter a word during their performance. Yet, they engage in detailed and impassioned dialogues using 24 basic hand gestures and 9 key facial expressions and their combinations to express the principal emotions of the navarasas which include sringara (love and pleasure), hasya (comedy and satire), karuna (sorrow), raudra (rage), vira (heroic vigour), bhayanaka (fear), bibhatsa (disgust), adhbhuta (wonder), and shanta (tranquility). Aided by the music and the costumes these gestures and facial expressions make for a very distinctive storytelling style.

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