Kathakali (1950)

17 Dec
Director   Modhu Bose
Producer   Information Films of India, Dept. of Information and Broadcasting ; issued by the Government of India Information Services, Washington, D.C.
Contributors   Produced by Ezra Mir ; Photography, K. Prabhakar ; editing, Pratap Parmar
Length   10 min
B&W/Color   b&w
UO Library Catalog description: Documentary on the Kathakali dance of Malabar, India. Young boys are seen learning characteristic dance movements; an adult dancer in light makeup demonstrates different emotions, expressed through movements of the eyes, eyebrows, and hands. After a brief discussion of typical characters in Kathakali, portrayed by puppets, scenes from the Mahabharata are seen in performance.
Call # FILM Ma62
Genre  documentary
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  Unknown, though as an Indian-American import I suspect it’s a pretty unusual case. Never registered in the U.S.
Physical condition fair
Oregon-related  no


Wiki on Kathakali.

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