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Kalaasam or the foot movements in Kathakali

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Kalaasam or the foot movements in Kathakali


Kathakali, the classical dance dram of Kerala, uses complex and intricate schemes of rhythm and foot movements. Kalaasam is one of them. Kalaasam's threw light on the supreme combinations of inborn talent and rigorous training requisite for any actor to perform the classical art forms of Kerala. They fall in between the verse lines and dance crescendos at the end of the songs. Ashtakalasam, one among the Kalaasam, comprises of eight dance types in Kathakali performed to express the enormous joy of a character. The steps are composed in the ‘Champa’ rhythm and require great mastery for an artiste to perform. Each performance ends in Astakalaasam of huge movements, rhythm, orchestra, dance, music and moods. 

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