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Kathakali artist: Action packed performance

Watching a Kathakali artist perform is always a delight where the artist adorning vivid colors and elaborately dress performs act of mythological plays without uttering a single word by using facial gestures.

Below are some of the pictures taken at Kalari centre, Thekkady, Kerala during my MAy 2017 visit.

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But, wait, there is more coming. In the next post, I will cover what goes behind the stage in preparation of a Kathakali artist. It is really very interesting watching an artist getting ready for the show.

 

Kathakali  a major form of classical dance originated from Kerala. It is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world known for storytelling and expressing various emotions through language of gestures especially eyes to narrate tales and epics. Another prominent aspect of Kathakali is the elaborate make up code and use of distinct colors to  distinguish characters like green for virtuous.

Few pictures taken during visit to Thekkady Kalari centre, Kerala.

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Flower

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Making a child sleep

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Emotions

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Happiness

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Fear

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Anger

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Anger

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Display of disgust

Kathakali : The art of storytelling

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Kalaripayattu Kerala martial artist jumping through the fire

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Village women in thoughts

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Villageman exhaling a puff of smoke

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When photographing people in street, I always consider myself lucky to catch picture of a happy man  especially when it is natural and spontaneous.

 

A smiling face is always welcome

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It is beginning of long hot summers in India and water is a rare commodity. An old man carrying water to meet his daily needs.

Water is a rare commodity

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Sometimes the presence of another subject in the background makes the picture more interesting. The image of bus in the background  makes the picture more lively. The focus remains on the man on the bicycle though and the background is blurred.

Man on bicycle

Butcher at work