Kerala classical arts festival starts in Dubai

IANS| Updated: Nov 29, 2013, 10:05 AM IST

Dubai: A five-day International Koodiyattam and Kathakali Festival (IKKF), showcasing the ancient and highly structured classical performing arts of Kerala, began in Dubai Thursday, a media report said.

The seventh edition of Kerala`s classical arts festival is being held at the GEMS Wellington International School in Dubai, The National reported on its website.

This year, the festival`s highlight is Nalacharitham, a performance by Kathakali dancers of the story of Nala, king of Nishadha, and Damayanti, his wife, which forms an episode in the epic Mahabharata.

Well-known Kathakali dancer Kalamandalam Gopi will perform on the fifth day of the festival.