A form of dramatic dance of southern India, based on Hindu literature and characterized by masks, stylized costume and make-up, and frequent use of mime.
- The dance form of Kathakali has become very popular over the years, captivating hearts worldwide with its elaborateness.
- Only men can become Kathakali dancers and their make-up is striking with the use of bold colors to paint the faces and expressions.
- They have the same make up and costumes as Kathakali.
From Malayalam, from Sanskrit kathā 'story' + Malayalam kaḷi 'play'.
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