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Kathakali Makeup

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getting ready
covering the face
to bare the soul

The make-up before a Kathakali (click to get information on Wikipedia) performance is very crucial and time consuming sometimes taking upto 4-5 hours. The first layer is usually by the performer himself and after that starts the true grueling process of applying layers and layers of makeup.  Click on the word above to see the final appearance of the artist. Taken at  Fort Kochi, Kerala.

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25 Comments to “Kathakali Makeup”

  1. Meryl says:

    “covering the face to bare the soul” Fascinating concept! Great post.

    1. Roger Green says:

      great observation, Meryl

      ROG, ABCW

  2. Anita says:

    Lovely pic.
    Rewarding to be backstage and to capture such shots 🙂

  3. Roger Green says:

    Interesting design. Not something I’D do, though.


  4. Very interesting, thanks for stopping by to share this week!!! http://ohmyheartsiegirl.com/wordless-wednesday-25/karren

  5. indrani says:

    Wonderful! Hope to make a similar capture some day.

  6. Leovi says:

    Beautiful and charming makeup!

  7. Karen says:

    Amazing that you were able to take such a picture!

  8. image-in-ing says:

    Fascinating – I’d never heard of this.

  9. And here man complain that woman take long doing their make up. LOL…
    Happy WW

  10. ewok1993 says:

    Is this for a festival? Upon seeing the thumbnail on ABC Wednesday page I thought this guy is getting ready to root for some football team.


  11. Nona says:

    How interesting. So much time and effort put into something that will last so briefly (in the grand scheme of things) in the end.

  12. nabanita21 says:

    So much patience is needed for it …wow

  13. Shilpa Garg says:

    “Covering the face, to bare the soul”… very profound! 4-5 hours for make-up. OMG!!

  14. Pretty clever doing that himself – I can barely put on makeup properly!!

  15. Cynthia says:

    Nice PIC and an absorbing write up…

  16. swathishenoy says:

    I so love kathakali performances 🙂

  17. This is truly fascinating. I learned a lot about Indian culture today!

  18. Rajesh says:

    Great concentration required there. Nice catch.

  19. Joy says:

    I have seen kathakali dancers years ago but at the time never gave a thought to how long it would take to get ready for a performance. Fascinating photograph.

  20. beloome says:

    A very good shot! I love Kathakali, primarily because of the exquisite makeup.

  21. Trish MLDB says:

    Magnificent shot.
    Thanks for linking up.

  22. dnambiar11 says:

    I remember watching a Kathakali artist make up his face and put on his costume; i never knew until then how that flare was brought about in that skirt like thing. 🙂
    Fascinating, is it not?!

    Nice pic.

    1. Absolutely it’s fascinating to see the makeup process

  23. Rajlakshmi says:

    2-3 hours wow.. just for the makeup. Beautiful capture.

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