kathakali

noun ka·tha·ka·li \ˌkätəˈkälē\

Definition of kathakali

plural

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  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of kathakali

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


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