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A rare performance of India's Kathakali dance

Part-dance and part-mime, the seeds of the Kathakali dance originated in the Indian state of Kerala, around the same time as Shakespeare.

It was originally taught in old live-in boarding schools, under the strict mentorship of a teacher.

The BBC's Megha Mohan went to a now-closed traditional Kathakali school, one that gave birth to its own style, the Kalluvazhi Chitta.

  • 02 Feb 2016
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