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‘Kalyanasougandhikam’ highlights the fine classicism of Kathakali

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    20th Jan, 2021


  • Kalyanasougandhikam’ brought alive the blend of elements unique to a Kathakali play.

What is ‘Kalyanasougandhikam’?

  • Kalyanasougandhikamis a story known for its unique blend of elements that highlight the classicism of Kathakali.
  • It was penned by KottayathuThampuran in eighteen century.
  • Kalyanasougandhikam is a citation of dance from Kathakali which depicts Bhima’s search for the rare flower Kalyanasougandhikam for his consort Panchali.
  • The performance centred on the meeting between the two sons of Vayu — Hanuman and Bhima — when the latter goes in search of the divine flower sougandhikam.
  • One of its features is richness of its Sanskrit-dense literature.
  • It has the component of the slow and fast dances, twists in plots, and the vitality of background scores.
  • It is accompanied with Carnatic music.


  • Kathakali is a classical dance drama which originated in Kerala state of India.
  • It dates back to 17th century and this art form is renowned for its elaborate makeup and costumes.
  • It is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world.