Kathakali – A dance form that uses elaborate costumes and makeup

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.

Kathakali performer in the virtuous pachcha (green) role
Kathakali performer in the virtuous pachcha (green) role

 

Elaborate costumes mark this ancient theatre form from South India
Elaborate costumes mark this ancient theatre form from South India

 

Kathakali performers representing Indian gods
Kathakali performers representing Indian gods

 

Kathakali performers in Varkala Kathakali Center, Kerala, South India
Kathakali performers in Varkala Kathakali Center, Kerala, South India

 

Kathakali performer in the virtuous Lalitha role
Kathakali performer in the virtuous Lalitha role

 

Kathakali actors put on make-up before the evening performance
Kathakali actors put on make-up before the evening performance

 

 

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