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Preparing For Kathakali

Traditionally, a Kathakali performance is usually conducted at night and ends in early morning. Nowadays it isn’t difficult to see performances as short as three hours or even lesser. Kathakali is usually performed in front of the huge Kalivilakku (kali meaning dance; vilakku meaning lamp) with its thick wick sunk till the neck in coconut oil. Traditionally, this lamp used to provide sole light when the plays used to be performed inside temples, palaces or abodes houses of nobles and aristocrats. Enactment of a play by actors takes place to the accompaniment of music (geetha) and instruments (vadya).

We witnessed this performance at the cultural center in Thekkady, Kerala.

Preparing For Kathakali, The Ancient Dance Form Of Kerala, At Thekkady

Kathakali, The Art Of Story Telling Through Expressions and Hand Gestures

Kathakali, The Art Of Story Telling Through Expressions and Hand Gestures

Kathakali, The Art Of Story Telling Through Expressions and Hand Gestures

Kathakali, The Art Of Story Telling Through Expressions and Hand Gestures

Traditionally, a Kathakali performance is usually conducted at night and ends in early morning. Nowadays it isn’t difficult to see performances as short as three hours or even lesser. Kathakali is usually performed in front of the huge Kalivilakku (kali meaning dance; vilakku meaning lamp) with its thick wick sunk till the neck in coconut oil. Traditionally, this lamp used to provide sole light when the plays used to be performed inside temples, palaces or abodes houses of nobles and aristocrats. Enactment of a play by actors takes place to the accompaniment of music (geetha) and instruments (vadya).

We witnessed this performance at the cultural center in Thekkady, Kerala.

Kathakali Facial Expressions, At Thekkady, Kerala

Darter / Snake Bird At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady by Pranav Bhasin

Darters, also known as Snake Birds are fairly common around water bodies in India. The name Snake Bird comes from its long snake like neck, not because it feasts on snakes.

Saw this beautiful bird while boating at Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady.

Darter / Snake Bird At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) at Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady by Pranav Bhasin

Saw this beautiful Magpie Robin during our recent trip to Periyar Tiger Reserve at Thekkady. Do not confuse it with Pied Bushchat, though some species of Pied Bushchat do look very similar.

Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) at Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) / Great Black Cormorant / Black Shag At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady by Pranav Bhasin

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) / Great Black Cormorant / Black Shag At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger) At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger)  At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) / Great Black Cormorant / Black Shag At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) / Great Black Cormorant / Black Shag At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Cormorants At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

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