Tune-wise, Panickar experimented a lot by introducing ragas less familiar to Kathakali, thanks also to a solid base he had from Carnatic music lessons in childhood. “Further, a five-year Shastri course I did in Sanskrit ensured proper pronunciation and breaking of words in the lyrics,” says the master, whose music was documented in the mid-1980s by (late) classical vocalist-scholar Dr S Ramanathan.
- What is Kathakali?
A rather personal query. Try finding out answer yourself after watching a minimum of 10 plays enacted on stage.
'King Oedipus' is a Katnakai adaption of the play by the same name, written
There is no other theater form which imposes a world of illusion the way Kathakali does. Grandeur unparalleled, befittingly non-worldly, stylization ultimate, drama evocative and magically surrealistic, Kathakali is the wonder of theater. Often designated as total theater, Kathakali offers more than theatrics. It encompasses artistry of painting and metafiction narrative with touches of metaphysical presentation. Synthetic in its origin, but cleverly masked by intelligent craft, Kathakali has the essentials of modernity in technique and delivery.