ka·​tha·​ka·​li | \ ˌkätəˈkälē \
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Definition of kathakali

: a spectacular lyric dance drama of southern India based on Hindu literature and performed with acrobatic energy and highly stylized pantomime — compare bharata natya, kathak, manipuri

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History and Etymology for kathakali

Malayalam kathakaḷi drama, from katha story (from Sanskrit kathā talk, from kathā how) + kaḷi play; Sanskrit kathā how akin to Sanskrit ka who?

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“Kathakali.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kathakali. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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