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Friday, Nov. 12, 2004


Indian dance-drama performances

Kathakali, the traditional dance-drama from Kerala in southern India, will tour four Japanese cities this month.

In Kathakali, which developed in the 16th and 17th centuries, the story is narrated by singers, accompanied by percussion, as well as by expressive dancers with striking makeup.

The tour schedule is as follows:

Nov. 13, 2 p.m., Kohoku Kokaido Hall, Yokohama;

Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Kawasaki-shi Kokusai Koryu Center;

Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Itami Ai-phonic Hall;

Nov. 20/21, 3 p.m., Marubiru Hall, Maru Building 7F, in front of the Marunouchi exit of Tokyo Station.

The program is as follows:

"Kalyana Sougandhikam (Fragrant Flower)" from the "Mahabharata" -- Kawasaki (Nov. 14);

"Ravana Vijayam (Victory of Ravana)" from the "Ramayana" -- Tokyo (Nov. 20);

"Keechaka Vadham (Murder of Keechaka)" from the "Mahabharata" -- Yokohama, Itami and Tokyo (Nov. 21).

Performances at Tokyo's Marubiru Hall will be followed by lectures and demonstrations from 6:30 p.m. The lectures will compare Kathakali with Peking opera (Nov. 20) and with Kabuki (Nov. 21).

Ticket prices range from 2,700 yen to 4,500 yen. Call (044) 777-2228 or (0570) 02-9988/ 9999. A separate ticket (4,000 yen in advance and 4,500 yen on the door) is necessary for the lecture and demonstration.

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