Definition of Kathakali in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkɑːtəˈkɑːli//ˌkʌtəˈkʌli/


mass noun
  • A form of dramatic dance of southern India, based on Hindu literature and characterized by masks, stylized costume and make-up, and frequent use of mime.

    • ‘Only men can become Kathakali dancers and their make-up is striking with the use of bold colors to paint the faces and expressions.’
    • ‘The dance form of Kathakali has become very popular over the years, captivating hearts worldwide with its elaborateness.’
    • ‘But she doesn't use it as just a prop for entry of the main character as one sees it in Kathakali.’
    • ‘They have the same make up and costumes as Kathakali.’
    • ‘He also wrote over 20 dance dramas and attakathas for Kathakali.’


From Malayalam, from Sanskrit kathā ‘story’ + Malayalam kaḷi ‘play’.