Kathakali is one of the significant traditional moves among the eight Indian old style dance structures as distinguished by the Sangeet Natak Academy. The eight structures which the Sangeet Natak Academy perceives are - Kathak from North India, Manipuri from the North East, Sattriya from the eastern territory of Assam, Odissi from Orissa, Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Bharatanatyam from Tamil Nadu, and Kathakali and Mohiniattam from Kerala.
Kathakali has its underlying foundations from Kerala. The establishment composition of Kathakali can be followed in the antiquated Sanskrit texts of Natya Shastra. The Natya Shastra is credited to Bharata muni which according to our memorable records was aggregated between 500 BCE and 500 CE. The term Kathakali is a combination of Sanskrit words Katha signifying "story, legends or discussion" and Kali signifying "amusement and craftsmanship". This type of old style dance epitomizes the standing battle between great versus the wickedness. This dance structure is planned around plays called Attakatha (supported account), written in Sanskrit joined with Malayalam which we say Sanskritized Malayalam. These Attakathas rotates around Hindu texts like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Nala Damayanti and Bhagavata Purana.
It is accepted that Kathakali arose during when ladies were limited inside four dividers of a family. The steadfast Hindu culture forestalled ladies' support in a few fine arts. However ladies had a necessary impact in the Attakathas still they were forestalled in performing Kathakali which had men executing the jobs of ladies characters too.