Indian dance-drama form from Kerala in SW India. Its name derives from the same words as kathak (see above) but it is far more vividly theatrical in style. The stories in its repertory are taken from the ancient Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as from folk tales. Its dancer-actors (who are traditionally male, due to the strenuousness of performances) employ vigorous, highly stylized gestures to reflect the words sung by the musicians standing behind them as well as to evoke the atmosphere and setting of each scene. Costumes and head-dresses are very elaborate and the make-up (which can take four hours to apply) reflects the nature of the various larger-than-life characters with different colors depicting good, evil, male, or female qualities. Performances often begin at dusk and may last for sixteen hours.
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'Kalari' or 'Kalaripayyat' is the exclusive martial arts legacy of Kerala. An old combat martial art originating in Southern India, Kalari is used as a defensive system. It's believed that Kalaripayattu may have been the inspiration for the many Asian martial arts we know today. Kalaripayattu is indigenous to the South Indian state of Kerala and derives its name from the Malayalam word