Dance of the peacock in Kutiyattam
Kutiyattam or Koodiyattam, the classical Sanskrit theatre of Kerala makes use of Angikabhinaya or performance using the body kinetics assisted by suitable orchestral support. The kinetic patterns in Kutiyattam involve dance movements, a codified language of gestures and highly refined pattern of facial expressions. While the movements of the body and the hand gestures are highly codified, the face, with its delicately wrought eye, cheek, brow and lip movements and the elasticity of all its muscles, is the main field of action in the theatric communication of Kutiyattam.
The actor in Kutiyattam has perfected the art of facial expression to reach unimaginable heights. In the video, Margi Sathi presents the dance of a peacock through elaborate yet subtle mudras and movements.