Kerala, a picturesque State
along the west coast of India, hosts an enchanting form of
Dance drama called Kathakali. This rich and flourishing
traditional dance-drama, beckons the audience with the sound
of drums as night falls, and keeps them enchanted through
the night, with performances of episodes from the ancient
Indian epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharatha.
Kathakali, is a well developed art form which can
be traced back to the 17th Century. It draws heavily
from drama but uses dance to the accompaniment of drums and
vocalists the create the various moods and emotions.
The combination of dance and the mythical dialogues bring
an air of festivity to the temple courtyards of Kerala where
it is usually performed.
The technique of Kathakali includes a highly developed language
of gestures, through which the artists convey whole sentences
and stories. The body movements and footwork are very
rigorous and intricate.
The dancers adorn themselves with huge skirts and head-dress
as part of their elaborate costumes. The make-up of
these artists is also elaborate and the colors used in the
make up, is determined by the type of character being portrayed.
The faces of noble characters, such as Kings and divine heroes
like Rama are predominantly green.
The kite "Kathakali" represents one such
noble character. The Kathakali kite is made of 'rip-stop
nylon' and bamboo (for spars) without using paint.
The entire kite has been intricately stitched using appropriate
colored cloth. It took 530 man hours to prepare this
magnificent kite. The approximate cost for making this kite
is Rs. 30,000/-.