Definition of Kathakali in English:


Line breaks: Katha|kali
Pronunciation: /ˌkɑːtəˈkɑːli
, ˌkʌtəˈkʌli


[mass noun]
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.
More example sentences
  • 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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