Backstage of Kathakali dance

One of the most memorable experiences I ever had in India was watching Kathakali dance performance. We had access to backstage makeup and costume preparations before the show. The amount of work needed to transform to a dancer is really amazing. The makeup session started around 3pm and was done around 6pm just in time for the show. The performers do their own makeup in a room with natural light and no AC!! They only use herbal and natural makeup ingredients.

I came back from India with 6000+ photos I haven’t gone through most of them. I picked these two just to give a sneak peek of the photos that are yet to come!

Kathakali is a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in the country’s present day state of Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming.




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