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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kshetra Kalakal -Ramanattam


It is the dance-drama based on the life of Lord Rama. As per legend, Ramanattam originated from the rivalry between two Kings. When the Raja of Kottarkkara, a southern Kerala king, requested an audition of Krishnattamat his palace, Samoothiri of Calicut rejected it saying that the southerners are yet to be matured. Humiliated, kottarakaraking formulated “Ramanattam” in line with “Krishnattam”. It is also a serial enactment of eight nights. The notable difference was that the text is in Malayalam and an enchanting facial make was developed discarding the earlier mask. Hand gestures and bhavabhiniya are the highlights ofRamanattam. Ramanattam played the major role in the evolution of “Kathakali”.

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