Kerala Kathakali Center

Kerala Kathakali Center

Kerala Kathakali Center is founded in the year of 1990 which is first attraction of tourists visiting to Cochin, Kerala. This place is famous for Kathakali classes and different classical dances organized over there. Kathakali is 300 years old classical dance form and well known in Kerala and all over world which shows different parts of expressive dance, masque, emulate and musical show. It is a blend of sensational make-up, outward appearances, mudras and calming music. This delightful move shape clarifies thoughts and stories from Indian sagas – Mahabharata and Ramayana.


Kerala kathakali center is the kerala’s main articulations school and the must visit place where you can enjoy and watch kathakali, music, martial articulations and other dance forms which are displayed in traditional style with its different dance mudras toward prefection.


The Napier Museum is a place where you can found the archaeological and historic architecutre, ornaments and some well preserved pieces from the lap of history. The Napier Museum is located in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala, India. The historical center was set up in 1855. In 1874, the old Museum Building was renovated and establishment for the new building was laid. The new building was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866 – 1872.

Different States of Classical Dance



Bharathanatyam is a classical dance form of South India, and started from the place of Thanjavoor in Tamil Nadu. Bharatanatyam It was known as “Daasiyattam” which was performed by Devadasies in palaces of Tamil Nadu long earlier. The name “Bharatanatyam” is gotten from three key thoughts of Bhava, Raga and Thaala. The dance of Bharatanatyam was  carry forwarded with all of its grace, without a doubt by the efforts of ‘Thanjavoor Brothers’, Ponnayya, Chinnayya, Sivanandam and Vativelu.



Mohiniyattam is a classical dance form which comes in highlight from Kerala. It is almost related to Bharathanatyam of Tamil Nadu, Mohiniyattam which was at first called ‘Dasiyattam’. Started as the classical dance performed by Devadasis, it portrays polite love in its stack shapes – obscene, respectful and maternal-with mudras more on Lasya and Bhava. It’s basic things are Cholkettu, Padavarnam and Padam, Mudras and outward appearances are more basic than the dance steps. Groups and enrichments of Mohiniyattam have much similarly as female characters of Koodiyattam and Kathakali.



Kuchipudi is one of the classical dance form of the India. Kuchipudi derives its name from the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Kuchipudi is a dance – drama performance, with its roots in the ancient Hindu’s Sanskrit text book of ‘Natya Shastra’. It’s developed as a religious art linked to traveling bards, temples and spiritual beliefs, like all main eleven classical dances forms of India. This ancient dance form finds place in the copper inscriptions of the 10th century, and by the 15th century in texts such as the Machupalli Kaifat. By the 17th century, Kuchipudi mainly developed as a Hindu’s god Krishna oriented Vaishnavism tradition and it’s closely related to Bhagavata Mela dance form found in Tamil Nadu, India. In Kuchipudi Male role would be in Angivastra, also known as ‘Bagalbandi’, wear a dhoti. Female role would wear a Sari with light makeup. The expressive part of the classical dance is rhythmic hand movements help to convey the story and drama. Vocal and Instrumental music in the Telugu language accompanies Kuchipudi.



Kalaripayattu is an Indian martial art forms and fighting system that originated in Kerala. Kalari means “training centre” while payattu means “practices”. Kalaripayatu is a martial arts dance that may have influenced karate. Kalaripayattu is mainly performed by Nayers, members of a military caste. Kalaripayattu focuses on extremely high jumping, energetic footwork’s like kick and flying kicks, weaponry form include sticks, swords and axes . Some Indian dance schools still incorporate Kalaripayattu as part of their exercise like yoga, meditation, relaxation and self-defence techniques.



Koodiyattam is classical dramatic dance form performed in Kerala, India. It has been seen by UNESCO as a Human Heritage Art. It is the most prepared existing built up theater shape in the entire world wide, having started much before Kathakali and most other sensational structures. It is considered to be at least two thousands years old. Kulasekhara Varma Cheraman Perumal, an old King of Kerala was known as the producer of Koodiyattam in the present shape. His text book “Aattaprakaram” portrays diverse edges about how to perform Koodiyattam, to be a combined dance drama conducted by the Chakkiyars ‘a caste among Hindu’s who provided the male cast and the ‘Nangiars’ women of the ‘Nambiyar’ caste, playing the female roles, performance for several days ranging from 6 to 20 days based on Hindu’s epics stories.

Nangiar Koothu


The female version of the Koodiyattom tradition, Nangiarkoothu, the solo performance of female artistes which are known as Nangiars. This dance is the solo performance of female artist and is the 1500 year old traditional dance. In this dance different instruments are used like Mizhavu, Edakka and Thimila. One performing dance shows on the stage by hand flags, outward appearance and body advancements, showing the stories relating to Lord Krishna. The basic theme of this dance is “Sreekrishna Charitham ngiarammakoothu“, scripted around 1980, by maestro, Guru P.K.N.Nambiar.



Nool Pavakoothu is a stringed puppet play traditional puppetry in Kerala. Nearby the temple of Tripunithura the puppetry show is performed by show man especially in the time of religious festival. These puppets remain under the care and expert of a royal family. The puppeteers have a place with the Nair social order. This is used to show the classical character of Ramayana and Mahabharata in very beautiful way.

These were some different states of classical dance that we try to share with you in our blog of Kerala Kathakali Centre. If these states of dance makes you feel crazy to know more about these dances and watch and enjoy these dances then you can come and enjoy these dances at Kerala with your family and friends. We will love your reviews and sharing of this article if you like it and enjoyed the reading.

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