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The story is about Lalitha, a maiden slave to Demon King Narakasura who was told to leave for heaven to kidnap the handsome green face Jayantha, son of Lord Indra. She changed her demonic look and disguised as beautiful Lalitha to befriend Jayantha and to entice him to marry. Trying her very best by dance and seduction this handsome hero does not fall for it leading Jayantha to reveal her true identity, but she kept seducing him with lustful desire. Jayantha told her he will never marry anyone without his father’s consent. Jayantha became very angry and told her to leave the palace. She told Jayantha she is here to kidnap him and tried to catch hold of Jayantha. She went berserk and let loose her hair in agitation. Jayantha became very very very furious, he drew out his sword and cuts off her ears, nose and breast leaving her screaming in pain and returned to Narakasura. At the end of the performance Jayantha danced in lordly character and then left the palace to inform his father about the incident.

Mudra Kathakali Centre, Thekkady. Kathakali, literally meaning `story-play’, is a dance-drama originated in the 17th century in Kerala, one of the smallest states in India lying on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. Kathakali is the result of a fusion between all Indian theater tradition represented by Koodiyattom and the indigenous tradition of folk dance forms. It was one of the Rajas (Chieftain) of Kottarakkara, who wrote the first play intended for Kathakali performance. They form a cycle of eight stories based on Ramayana. Stories typically deal with the Mahabharata, Ramayana and the ancient scriptures known as the Puranas. This is performed in a text which is generally Sanskritised Malayalam. Thekkady (Idukki district) in Kerala is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in India.

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