Story Telling Sessions

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Kathaprasangam (Malayalam) or Story telling sessions in many of the temples is Kerala is an interesting affair.   There are different versions of it and the one I saw was on mythological stories narrated by this exponent with lots of expressions and voice modulations. His was a one act show where he enacted all of the characters (including women) with equal aplomb.  They are masters of Navarasas or the 9 facial expressions which is a must for carrying off this kind of sessions.

Śṛngāram (शृङ्गारं) Love, Attractiveness.
Hāsyam (हास्यं) Laughter, Mirth, Comedy.te.
Raudram (रौद्रं) Fury.
Kāruṇyam (कारुण्यं) Compassion, Tragedy.
Bībhatsam (बीभत्सं) Disgust, Aversion.
Bhayānakam (भयानकं) Horror, Terror.
Vīram (वीरं) Heroic mood.
Adbhutam (अद्भुतं) Wonder, Amazement.  (source – Wikipedia)

Most of the time they have no assistants and are masters of makeup doing their own.  Taken in Attukal temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

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