Q. Consider the following statements with reference to ‘Kathakali’ dance:
Which of the above statements is/are true?
Statement 1 is correct.
Kathakali or ‘story play’ took shape in Kerala in southern India in the seventeenth century. Stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata provide the content of most Kathakali plays, which have come down to us in a steady stream over three centuries. This dance form is generally an all- male troupe performance.
Statement 2 is correct.
The actor’s performance in a Kathakali play is completely speechless. The story is enacted using a vocabulary of facial expressions and hand-gestures.
Statement 3 is correct.
The characters in a Kathakali performance are broadly divided into satvika, rajasika and tamasika types. Satvika characters are noble, heroic, generous and refined. In pacha, green colour dominates and kirita (headgear) is worn by all. Krishna and Rama wear special crowns decorated with peacock feathers. The noble characters like Indra, Arjun and the Devas are some of the pacha characters.