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Kutiyattam Sanskrit Theatre


Language: English
Analogue only: Français, 

Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatre, which is practised in the province of Kerala, is one of India's oldest living theatrical traditions. Originating more than 2,000 years ago, Kutiyattam represents a synthesis of Sanskrit classicism and reflects the local traditions of Kerala. In its stylized and codified theatrical language, neta abhinaya (eye expression) and hasta abhinaya (the language of gestures) are prominent. They focus on the thoughts and feelings of the main character. Actors undergo ten to fifteen years of rigorous training to become fully-fledged performers with sophisticated breathing control and subtle muscle shifts of the face and body. The actor's art lies in elaborating a situation or episode in all its detail. Therefore, a single act may take days to perform and a complete performance may last up to 40 days.


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Place/region: India, Asia and the Pacific
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Publisher: Kutiyattam School
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Rights: Kutiyattam School
 

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Original: DVD
Location: F-H.129
UMVS reference: AUD-DIT/ISS/ARC/0555
File No: AVFONDS-CLTICH-2008-00010.DV
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Kutiyattam School