Kathakali is an ancient historic Indian classical dance form. It is originated and performed in the south western region of India in the state of Kerala.The word kathakali is derived from the ancient language of the country which is Sanskrit. Katha means story and Kali means performance. The epic stories come from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagavatam. Kathakali is a harmonious combination of five forms of fine art. Art forms like literature, music, painting, acting and dance all come together in a performance to tell a story. The actors do not speak but they convey their emotions through hand gestures and facial movements.
Kathakali dance is represented as a cultural symbol for the the Kerala state. The performers do not speak, rather uses sign language like hand gestures and facial expressions to convey a story.