Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala, South India, which dates from the
17th century and is rooted in Hindu mythology. Kathakali has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. In the following pages we
have placed photographs and videos of Kathakali performances and songs
by famous Kathakali singers.
For playing the video and audio you may need to install Real Player or Real Alternative. You can check the audio by listening to the Vandana Slokam
(the first song at the starting of Kathakali performance) by clicking the
PLAY button below:
Vandana Slokam by Palanad Divakaran & Kottakkal Madhu
As listed below, we are building a database of Kathakali artists. One webpage will be made free for each artist and linked in this page along with below list of artists. If you are a Kathakali artist or if you wish to recommend any artist, you can send the following materials to our email ID . Valid submissions will be scrutinized, edited and placed in the site within 3 weeks.
A passport photo (JPG format, maximum 200 Kb)
A performance photo (JPG format, maximum 400 Kb)
Three or four paragraphs of summarized text (electronic form, typed as plain text email or attached as txt or doc file) about artist's life and achievements in the field. The text shoud be as abridged as possible, 3-4 good paragraphs of most important things about the artist, in summary form, not listed form.
Contact details like postal adress, phone, fax and email ID.
Venmani's Album : There is good news for the numerous fans of late Kalamandalam Venmani Haridas, the renowned Kathakali Singer. A delightful double CD Audio Album of Kathakali Padams. The collection has been named "Natha Bhavalcharana" after the well known Padam from Santhanagopalam. Care has been taken to include as many Ragas as possible. For details and ordering write to SH Audios, Venmani Mana, Vallakkadavu (P.O), Thiruvananthapuram - 695008 or call 9895063000