Kathakali – the art form of Kerala Part – I
Director: N. Rndhakrishnan
Duration: 1 hr, 18 min
Guidance: KK Chakaravarty
Kathakaḷi, is traced in seven episodes in this documentary. Kathak is story and kali is play. Through the make-up (rather than mask) the facial expressions are enhanced instead of being covered or concealed. The film traces the masters of the tradition of yesteryears. It shows a disciple offering dakṣiṇā to get initiated into guru-śiṣya paramparā during the rainy season. The dynamic exercises involving breath control and Ayurvedic oil massages are for stimulating the body, other exercises to co ordinate eye, hand and body movements. It moves through the five salutations – namaskāra pañcakam, the exercises which enhance flexibility and stamina and are harnessed to the dance sequence Kala Matam – the basic repertoire of postures of Kathakaḷi.