Kathakali is from the southern state of kerala. "Katha" means story and "Kali" means dance thus it is a 'story dance'. It is the 'theatre of  imagination' where the cosmic equilibrium is maintained through clashes between gods/virtuous human beings and demons/evil beings. Eventually good emerges as victorious over evil. This message is conveyed through the two epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.