THE CHARACTERS: KATHAKALI
The characters are categorised into symbolic “personalities” ranging from the most
sanctified [Gods] to the most evil.
The characters represent the evolution of humanity and the sensitive relationship between
the individual, spirituality and society.
Situations are acted out where desperation and cruelty give way to truth and compassion. The
plays communicate on a deep and personal level intended to offer an example of how to
survive when enormous hardship is faced.
KATHAKALI CHARACTER TYPES are easily identified by specific make up, costumes and body language.
Two different characters belonging to the same category may “appear” visually the same, even
though performing in two separate plays. However, the story, slight changes in the make up
or costume will indicate the exact character on stage.