Women in Kathakali: Vol 1

Kathakali, an art form that is over 1500-years-old, continues to mesmerise many people today. It’s unique costumes, herbal make-up and the rendition of padams or verses has captivated audiences across the globe. Claimed to have evolved from two other art forms – namely Koodiyattam and Theyyam, Kathakali also involves the depiction of various mythological tales by the use hand gestures (mudras) and intense footwork.

For many years, the art form was dominated by men. However, some women chose the path that was less travelled and had truly embraced it.

Before delving into the lives of these talented women, let us have a glimpse of a short performance by two disciples of the late Kathakali exponent – Guru Kunju Kurup.