Item Code: IDD965
by David BollandPaperback (Edition: 1998)
Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 8.6" X 5.6"
Pages: 173(Col. Illus: 8, B & W Illus: 8, Figures: 3)
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In this book the author explains in simple language what Kathakali is all about. It is intended to help anyone who is not conversant with the art, or who knows little about Hindu mythology, to enjoy a performance which is very difficult to follow unless one has some understanding of what is happening on the stage.
The author worked in Kerala for twenty-five years. In his spare time he made a detailed study of Kathakali and established a close relationship with many of the people who are now keeping this ancient art alive: actors, musicians, make-up artistes, teachers and students. On retiring to England he decided to write a book on the subject which would help the uninitiated to understand this great but somewhat abstruse art form, feeling that there was a general need for something short and simple which would explain some of the intricacies of Kathakali.
The book contains, among other things, brief summaries of the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Bhagavata Purana (on which all classical Kathakali plays are based) and a scene-by-scene description of the action on the stage in the 35 most popular plays. It is illustrated with photographs taken from actual performances on various dates between 1954 and 1994, depicting many well known Kathakali actors over a span of four decades.
|Foreword to the Third Edition||v|
|PART ONE - KATHAKALI IN A NUTSHELL||1|
|PART TWO - THE STORIES OF 35 PLAYS||13|
|Plays from the Mahabharata||30|
|Plays from the Ramayana||95|
|The story of Nala||117|
|Plays from the story of Nala||120|
|PART THREE - ASPECTS OF PERFORMANCE||141|
|The acting and dancing of Kathakali||143|
|The Mudras of Kathakali||144|
|The music of Kathakali||146|
|PART FOUR - APPENDICES||149|
|1. Complete list of characters grouped under different types of make-up||151|
|2. Kathakali characters and the plays in which they appear||153|
|3. Summary of characters and roles||156|
|4. List of authors, their dates and the plays which they composed||157|
|5. Alphabetical index of plays||158|
|6. Glossary of technical words||159|
|7. Kathakali on video||162|
|8. Bibliography for further reading||163|