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by Michael Ford last modified 14 Oct, 2015 09:10 AM

A world-class classical Indian dance-drama in Zeals was "a huge success."

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Kathakali 'villain' costume

The mysteries of classical Indian dance-drama were revealed in truly spectacular fashion at a packed school hall in Zeals. The audience were treated to an extraordinary display as the ancient story of good versus evil unfolded.

The world’s foremost Indian theatre group – the Kala Chethena Kathakali Company from Kerala, South India – performed their classic dance drama in Zeals as part of their 2015 UK tour. A full day of workshops for the children of Whitesheet Primary Academy preceded the evening concert.

The group honoured Whitesheet Primary Academy by selecting the school for this special one-off performance.

This powerful form of visual story telling – described by The Daily Telegraph as “Spectacularly beautiful” – was shown for just one night at the main hall at the Junior Centre at Whitesheet Primary Academy.

“The Kathakali costumes and dance were simply stunning,” said Academy Principal Karen Brooker, “the whole event was a huge success.”

The costumes have evolved over the last 500 years. The colours, designs, materials and skills have been carefully handed down through the generations to keep their original proportions and design.

Kathakali is a highly charged powerful drama that combines devotion, drama, dance, music, costumes and make up to produce one of the most impressive forms of sacred theatre in the world.

The 2015 Tour started on 17 May to a warm welcome at St Georges, Bristol, and travelled from the Isles of Scilly to the Highlands of Scotland, including The Southbank Centre, London and the 2015 WOMAD festival. The tour was generously supported by the Arts Council of England, Creative Scotland, Exeter City Council and The Isles of Scilly Council.

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