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Kathakali Make-Up

By jasonrwl
A Kathakali artist preparing for the performance. Kathakali is a major form of classical Indian dance. It is a "story play" genre of art, but one distinguished by the elaborately colorful make-up, costumes and face masks that the traditionally male actor-dancers wear. Kathakali is a Hindu performance art in the Malayalam-speaking southwestern region of India (Kerala).
I have included as versions some other shots of the make up process plus one of the finished article - characters with green faces are generally the "goodies" in Kathakali.
Thanks for looking

Tags: Dance India Make-up Kerala Kathakali Portraits and people Kathakali Artist

Voters: Jasper87, martin174, debu and 28 more


debu 12 India
7 Jul 2020 4:03PM
Great set of images.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2020 11:30PM
Wonderful images...
Isabel GrinGrin
saltireblue Plus
11 12.6k 79 Norway
8 Jul 2020 8:39AM
An excellent insight into the amount of work involved in the make-up process, Jason. A bit more elaborate than your average British panto...
Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2020 12:52PM
Excellent lead Jason and a fascinating narrative.
Indian culture has so many colourful traditions.

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