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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.Click here for the viewing guide
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