October 08, 2019

Kathakali - A South Indian Dance-Drama from Kerala

Performance - Recital by visiting artists from India

The Theatre and Music Departments and the Asian Studies Program in collaboration with the University of Oregon 




A South Indian Dance-Drama from Kerala


Wednesday, October 23rd, from 3:00 - 4:30 PM at the Fir Acres Black Box Theatre

Please come and join us for a recital by the celebrated Kathakali performer Kalamandalam Manoj with interpretation by Viswanath Kaladharan.

Kathakali is a one of the oldest surviving performance traditions in the world, originating in what is today the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. It combines dance, drama, music, singing, and storytelling, and its present form can be traced back to ancient Sanskrit Hindu text called “Natya Shastra.” Apart from the literary and dramatic complexity of the extensive body of Kathakali dramatic literature, Kathakali is notable for its extravagant costumes and vivid makeup and masks, extremely precise and codified movement and gestures that hark back to traditional martial arts traditions of ancient Kerala, and the elaborate facial expressions of the performers. 

The event is free for L&C students, faculty, and staff and is open to general public.

For more information, please contact Kaley Mason, kmason@lclark.edu