India-The dancing Gods of Kathakali
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Khatakali more than a theatre is a real route across India’s soul, a fusion of esotericism, theatricality of Kalarippayat martial arts and the Kathak and Bharatnatyam dances. The costumes are refined versions of ritual Arian and Dravidian art, as the plots are inspired by epic poems like Mahabharata and Ramayana. Characters are divine and ultramundane and so their essence’s representation needs a make up excessively far from daily life’s reality. A Kathakali actor uses a lot of time in order to achieve a complete transformation of human face, essential to transport the spectators in a remote and fantastic world where the divine is part of the daily life and everything express emotions and feelings, from music to the colours. All the body narrates something, except the word, substituted by a visual alphabet made of fingers and face movements that everyone can understand even without a literary preparation. Once the Kathakali was the princes and maharajas’ pride but after the deep social change occurred in the last decades the studente, to learn a subject that needs at least 10-12 years of strict discipline, today apply to schools as the prestigious Accademia Kalamandalam in addresseness to Tichùr. In Kalamandalam hundreds of students, after passing a severe selection, live in total communion with their teachers, as when they lived in guru gulam, the teacher’s house, to assimilate his manodharmam, the ability to imagine.