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Kathakaliyude Kaipusthakam (A Handbook of Kathakali) by Vellinezhi Achuthankutty (review)

Kathakaliyude Kaipusthakam (A Handbook of Kathakali) by Vellinezhi Achuthankutty (review) 602 BOOK REVIEWS India KATHAKALIYUDE KAIPUSTHAKAM (A Handbook of Kathakali). By Vellinezhi Achuthankutty. Dubai: Thiranottam, 2013. 745 pp. Paper, $7.80. This book is an amalgamation of Kathakali repertoire’s basic informa- tion, geographic setting, demographics, and the critical reflections of Vellinezhi Achuthankutty’s experiences from the field. He spent more than 25 years at various institutions (Kalaris) collecting data about Kathakaliartists;thebookhasdetailsof430performingtroupesandclubs covering 2312 artists across the globe. There are 1544 photographs; some of them are unique and rare, appearing for the first time in print. Kathakali terms and characters are included; some of the chapters are strictly dedicated to the innate structures of Kathakali performances such as chapters three and four, where he explains Bhavas and Rasas. This book highlights various schools of performances, technical characteristics, training aspects, and performance sequences of Kathakali in an elaborate manner. Instead of classifying the schools with a personal bias as Southern or Northern, Kaplingadan or Kalluvazhi, the author factually depicts the peculiarities of each style through diagrams and pictures. By the fall of the feudal system in Kerala in the first quarter of the last century, Kathakali slowly started losing its patronage throughout. Small groups started evolving, centred on maestros of art who had http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Kathakaliyude Kaipusthakam (A Handbook of Kathakali) by Vellinezhi Achuthankutty (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 37 (2) – Oct 13, 2020

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602 BOOK REVIEWS India KATHAKALIYUDE KAIPUSTHAKAM (A Handbook of Kathakali). By Vellinezhi Achuthankutty. Dubai: Thiranottam, 2013. 745 pp. Paper, $7.80. This book is an amalgamation of Kathakali repertoire’s basic informa- tion, geographic setting, demographics, and the critical reflections of Vellinezhi Achuthankutty’s experiences from the field. He spent more than 25 years at various institutions (Kalaris) collecting data about Kathakaliartists;thebookhasdetailsof430performingtroupesandclubs covering 2312 artists across the globe. There are 1544 photographs; some of them are unique and rare, appearing for the first time in print. Kathakali terms and characters are included; some of the chapters are strictly dedicated to the innate structures of Kathakali performances such as chapters three and four, where he explains Bhavas and Rasas. This book highlights various schools of performances, technical characteristics, training aspects, and performance sequences of Kathakali in an elaborate manner. Instead of classifying the schools with a personal bias as Southern or Northern, Kaplingadan or Kalluvazhi, the author factually depicts the peculiarities of each style through diagrams and pictures. By the fall of the feudal system in Kerala in the first quarter of the last century, Kathakali slowly started losing its patronage throughout. Small groups started evolving, centred on maestros of art who had

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 13, 2020

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