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PHOTO GALLERY: India's Kathakali troupe begin first Egypt tour




(Photo courtesy Bibliotheca Alexandrina)

(Photo courtesy Bibliotheca Alexandrina)

(Photo courtesy Bibliotheca Alexandrina)

(Photo courtesy Bibliotheca Alexandrina)

(Photo courtesy of Kathakali troupe)

(Photo courtesy of Kathakali troupe)

(Photo courtesy of Kathakali troupe)

(Photo courtesy Bibliotheca Alexandrina)

(Photo courtesy Bibliotheca Alexandrina)

(Photo courtesy Bibliotheca Alexandrina)

One of India's most visually captivating dances, the Kathakali troupe performed at Bibliotheca Alexandrina on Monday 1 August 2016.

In their first tour across Egypt, the troupe is to perform in four cities and following Alexandria's show they are also scheduled to visit Port Said, Ismailia, ending their tour in Cairo on 6 August.

The internationally renowned troupe is led by Kottakkal Rajumohan. 

Kathakali is India's classical theatre where dance, music and make up play an important role in transferring the stories to the audiences.

Originally, Kathakali is performed in Indian temples and can last throughout the whole night, though today this art form has been adapted to an international audiences' expectations. As such we often find Kathakali performed across the world where the evening lasts for only two hours on a theatre stage. 

Many of the stories draw from India's old traditions and mythology. However, in recent years the performers reach out to modern international texts and presented them through dance. 

(Photos: courtesy of Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Kathakali troupe)