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'When one sees such perfection in satvika abhinaya on the stage, one is not aware of the strenuous efforts that have been expended over centuries to attain that goal. For abhinaya is the core of Kathakali while satvika abhinaya is its delicious kernel', writes M.K.K. Nayar.
in Library Artifacts
As a guru I started learning from Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair in the 1980s. The most important aspect of his classes was his emphasis on ‘bhava’ over moulding ‘mudras’, refining steps or on any technical aspects of Kathakali training. It was amazing to watch the way he used to enact the bhava in…