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Dance drama from India at Arts Centre
A CLASSICAL dance drama from south west India is being performed at Salisbury Arts Centre tomorrow.
The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, featuring world class performers, singers, rhythmic drummers and highly skilled make-up artists, will be performing a classical dance drama from Kerala.
The company, whose international touring office is based in Southampton, is returning to Salisbury for a special 25th anniversary performance following a sellout show in 2006.
Kathakali originated in the temples of Kerala, south west India, more than 500 years ago.
In its traditional setting, the whole community is involved and every performance is an act of devotion, presenting the universal struggle between good and evil.
Much like traditional fables, the drama presents the difficulties of social and personal issues and how to face them.
Different personalities are symbolised through elaborate make-up and costumes, constructed by skilled craftsmen.
And the epic Hindu stories are brought to life on stage through movement, hand gestures, dance and music.
Tickets cost £12, £10 concessions, and are available from salisburyartscentre.co.uk or 01722 321744.
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