Into the Dreams of Heroes | Vipin’s eyes are full of wonder. “The best moment is when Bhima kills Doussasana, rips out his heart and drinks his blood - you see it all - it is very scary.” Vipin is 12 and a new boy at the Kerala Kalamandalam, the famous academy of Kathakali, the great dance drama of Southern India. He and his friends at the school are allowed backstage to see their teachers, experts in their fields, preparing for a version of the Mahabharatha, a classic tale of good and evil. Kathakali, like Vipin’s breathless account, is a vibrant and rich celebration of India’s imagination.
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