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