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Phillip Zarrilli

Kathakali Dance-Drama

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Phillip Zarrilli provides notes on the contents and context of the RPA’s introductory video to principles of kathakali, and its performance record of a full kathakali play, The Killing of Kirmira.

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Videotaped in Kerala, India in 1993 and 1995, this film explains Kathakali's basic make-up types, the context of performance, the process and techniques of training, and performance preliminaries.
This video is a complete performance document of the approximately three and a half hour performance of a Kathakali play, The Killing of Kirmira.