Kathakali, a total art

Although a lecture cannot comprehensively cover this art form combining theatre, dance, music, vocals and sculpture on its own, some outstanding elements such as Mudras, facial expressions, the make-up and the rhythm are presented and explained.

Yet, in this profusion of forms and senses, Jayaprakas takes care to bring us back to this essential question: whether the perfect synchronisation of each part is a powerful means of communication, and what does it communicate and with whom?

The Kathakali between tradition and modernity

After having presented specific elements of classic Kathakali as received, and then practised and taught, Jayaprakas expounds his approach and the choices which led him to a new choreographic interpretation, focusing on a refined language.


For the general public

The Kathakali includes many postures and different rhythms for the dance steps. Together they improve the balance of the two cerebral hemispheres and the removal of physical and mental toxins.

Accompanying the rhythmic work, Mudras sharpen the synchronisation capacities. The movement of eyes and facial muscles trains both inner and outer vision.

The artistic representation of emotions helps the participant to work on his own emotions.

For dance, theatre and music professionals

Kathakali courses can help dancers, actors, musicians (or other artists) to improve their own talent in order to hone their professional skills.

The rich and precise Kathakali technique allows the actor to develop his ability to “how to say something”, and the dancer to increase the power of his body language. The specific rhythms and the various ragas not only enrich the musicians’ repertoire but also enhance their inner harmony.