One of the oldest theatre forms in the world, Kathakali originates from Kerala, a southern state of India. Known for the elaborate costumes and makeup, Kathakali is a dance of gestures and facial movements. Usually representing a story from Indian epics, the artistes go through years of rigorous training in muscular control, footwork and make up. Face paint is used to represent the character – green represents the protagonist, yellow represents a holy or pious person, green with red stripes represents the evil antagonist and red represent an angry character. Here is a collection of pictures from a Kathakali performance in full flow.