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KATHAKALI

Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala, South India, which dates from the 17th centuryKalamandalam Ramankutty Nair 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

We have an entertainment site with Kathakali songs, Kathakali screen saver and wall paper, and lot of audio entertainment.
Audio Entertainment with Kathakali Songs, Kathakali Videos..

Pictures of leading Kathakali artists in great performances are placed in the site. Some of them are very rare photographs of old Kathakali legents.
Pictures of Kathakali Performances

Small video clippings of Kathakali are available at the site. The videos compressed in Real format, are slightly low in quality.
Video Clippings of Kathakali

More details about Kathakali like Costumes, Make-up, Music, Dance, Major Kathakali Centres etc. are at
About Kathakali

And a rare collection of Navarasas (facial expressions of nine different moods) by renowned Kathakali actor Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair
Navarasam by Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair

Kathakali follows "Hasthalakshana Deepika", the book of hand gestures, for Mudras (hand gestures).
Mudras in Kathakali

Essential Props, Rituals, Characters and their attire, Cholliyattam, Ilakiyattam etc
Props, Rituals and Customs of Kathakali

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.
  1. A passport photo (JPG format, maximum 200 Kb)
  2. A performance photo (JPG format, maximum 400 Kb)
  3. 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.
  4. Contact details like postal adress, phone, fax and email ID.
Above materials to be sent to our email ID
Actors/ Actresses
1. Pariyanampatta Divakaran
2. Kalamandalam Kesavan Namboodiri
3. Kalamandalam Sivadas
4. Kalamandalam Sajan
5. Kalamandalam Vijayakumar
6. V.P. Ramakrishnan Nair
7. Kottarakkara Ganga
8. Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair
9. Kalamandalam Prasanth
10.Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan
11.Kalakendram Muraleedharan
12.Kalluvazhi Vasu
13.Chandramana Govindan Namboothiri
14.Chandramana Narayanan Namboothiri
15.Kalamandalam Vasu Pisharody
16.Kalamandalam Sreekandhan Nair
17.Dr. A.K. Sabhapathi
18.Margi Vijayakumar
19.Mathoor Govindan Kutty
20.Muraleekrishnan G.
21.Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboodiri
22.Kalamandalam Rajasekharan
23.Kalamandalam Ramachandran Unnithan
24.Kalamandalam Balasubrahmanian
25.Kalamandalam Vijayakrishnan Unnithan
26.Vembayam Appukuttan Pilla
27.A. Gopakumar
28.Kottakkal Ravi Kumar
29.Fact Chandrasekharan Nair
30.N. Mukundan
31.Madavoor Vasudevan Nair
32.Kalamandalam Krishnaprasad
33.Kalanilayam Rajasekharan

34.Kalamandalam Ravi Kumar
35.Kottakkal Appu Namboothiri
36.Kalamandalam Sreekumar
37.Kalamandalam Saseendran
38.P.M. Kesavan Embrandiri
39.Chettikulangara Unnikrishnan
40.Kalamandalam Haridasan
41.R.L.V. Usha Priyadarsini
42.Kalamandalam Rajeev
43.Kalamandalam Venkitt
44.Keerthy Unni
45.Thalavady Gopinathan
46.FACT Padmanabhan
47.R.L.V. Radhakrishnan
48.C.R. Ranjith
49.Kalamandalam Vasunni T.S.
50.Kalamandalam Balasubramanian
51.Thonnakkal Peethambaran
52.Kottakkal Chandra Sekhara Warrier
53.Ratheesh C.R.
54.Krishnan Namboothiri P.R.
55.Kalamandalam Krishnakumar
56.Kottakkal Nadakumaran Nair
57.Ettumanoor P Kannan
58.Kalamandalam Shiju
59.Sadanam. K. Harikumaran
60.Ganesh Iyer
61.Kalanilayam Sasikumar
62.Kalamandalam Biju
63.Suresh Kumar
64.Thara Varma
65.Master Chandramana Krishnadas
Singers
1. Palanad Divakaran
2. Kottakkal Parameswaran Namboothiri
3. Kalamandalam M. Gopalakrishnan
4. Nedumpally Ram Mohan
5. K.S. Rajeevan
6. Kalamandalam Surendran
7. Meledam Narayanan
8. Kalamandalam Hyder Ali
9. Kottakkal Madhu
10.Kalanilayam Ramakrishnan
11.Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan
12.Kalamandalam Mohanakrishnan
13.Athippatta Ravi
14.Kalamandalam Gangadharan
15.Kalamandalam Sankaran Embranthiri
16.Cherthala Thankappa Panickar
17.Mrs. T.N.Aryadevi
18.Mattakkara Balachandran
19.Pathiyoor Shankarankutty
20.Tirur Nambissan
21.Kottakkal Narayanan

Chenda
1. Sadanam Divakaran
2. Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan
3. Kalanilayam Kunchunni
4. Kalanilayam Gopalakrishnan
5. Kalamandalam Nandakumar
6. N.P. Sankaranarayanan
7. Kalamandalam Vijayakrishnan
8. Kalamandalam Gopakumar
9. Kalamandalam Raman Namboothiri
10.Kalamandalam Krishnadas
11.Sadanam Vasudevan
12.Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan
13.Kalamandalam Sreekanth Varma
14.Kandalloor Unnikrishnan
Maddalam
1. Manoj Kumar. P.
2. Kalamandalam Kochukuttan Nair
3. Kalanilayam Rajan
4. Kalamandalam Harinarayanan
5. Kalamandalam Achutha Warrier

Chutti
1. Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar
2. Kalamandalam Satheesan
3. Viswanathan Nair

Dress make-up
1. Mangat Sethu Nair

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

Photographs & Songs of Kathakali
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Photo No1: With Song Kanden Nikaten..  by Embranthiri
Photo No.2: With Song Ajitha hare.. by Palanad
Photo No.3: With Song Pranasakha.. by Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan
Photo No.4: With Song Oorjithaasaya.. by Gireesh
Photo No.5: With Song Janani Mamaka.. by Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan
Photo No.6: With Song Sukhamo Devi.. by Embranthiri
Photo No.7: With Song Kadhayellam.. by Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan
Photo No.8: With Song Poomathinotha.. by Embranthiri
Photo No.9: With Song Mathimukhi.. by Embranthiri
Photo No.10: With Song Jeshta Kelkuka.. by Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan
Photo No.11: With Song Priyamanasa.. by Unnikrishna Kurup
Photo No.12: With Song Poomakanum.. by Palanad Divakaran
Photo No.13: With Song Ashara Nadha.. by Unnikrishna Kurup
Photo No.14 With Song Aravamenthith.. by Unnikrishna Kurup
Photo No.15: With Song Harinakshi.. by Sankaran Embranthiri
Photo No.16: With Song Kalyanangi.. by Ramu Varrier
Photo No.17: With Song Kalyani Kanka.. by Gireesh
Photo No.18: With Song Kandal Athimodam.. by Unnikrishna Kurup
Photo No.19: With Song Karuna Varidhe.. by Gireesh
Photo No.20: With Song Krishna Karunam.. by Embranthiri
Photo No.21: With Song Kalayami.. by Unnikrishna Kurup Photo No.22: With Song Sukhamo Devi.. by Gireesh Photo No.23: With Song Natha Bhaval.. by Palanad Photo No.24: With Song Harinakshi.. by Palanad Photo No.25: With Song Oru Nalum.. by Unnikrishna Kurup Photo No.26: With Song Poomakanum.. by Nambisan Photo No.27: With Song Poomathinotha.. by Unnikrishna Kurup Photo No.28: With Song Pushkara Nee.. by Unnikrishna Kurup Photo No.29: With Song Sreeman Sakhe.. by Palanad Photo No.30: With Song Swalpa Punya.. by Gireesh
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