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Day 290 – Xtreme Makeup

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A Kathakali exponent applying makeup before the commencement of the performance. Kathakali  is the traditional dance of Kerala where each of the performers depict the  characters from Indian epics and mythology. Their costumes are Xtremely colorful with very intricate makeup and getups. Natural paints and extracts are used on the face and most of the complicated designs are applied by the performers themselves. In most cases the male and the female characters are always performed by men !!

This performance can be seen in Fort Kochi in the Kathakali Centre behind Santa Cruz church… All my fellow ABC Wednesday bloggers, hope you had a lovely X-Mas and have a lovely New Year ahead !!

Linked to ABC Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday 

Published by Pheno Menon

I came I saw and I had fun

18 Comments to “Day 290 – Xtreme Makeup”

  1. Roger Green says:

    Xtreme indeed, though not necessarily appealing.
    Great intro!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. Jennifer says:

    Striking. I read the Wikipedia article and now I’m off to Youtube for some videos of performances, fascinating stuff.

  3. Denise says:

    Happy New Year to you too Pheno – I wonder if the men wearing make up is unappealing to both men and women or either men or women? It is certainly Xtreme – we know so little about the diverse cultures out there – ABC Wednesday certainly gives us a glimpse don’t you think?

    Thanks so much
    Denise ABC Team

    1. Pheno Menon says:

      It may be unappealing now but once the costume is complete it will take ur breath away…

      1. PNA says:

        True, once in full costume and full performance, it takes one’s breadth away 🙂

    2. Pheno Menon says:

      Yes its certainly interesting to know about different cultures

  4. photowannabe says:

    Fascinating and definitely extreme. Thanks for sharing another culture with us and have a Happy New Year too.

  5. Kathy says:

    This is an Xcellent photo!

    1. Pheno Menon says:

      Thns Kathy and keep visiting

  6. Wow! That is some makeup process! Hope you had a wonderful Xmas.

    1. Pheno Menon says:

      I sure did. Much more than I expected

  7. ann nz says:

    I have a friend who is a famous dancer. It was before I started blogging.

  8. Ms Burrito says:

    Xtremely heavy!

    X-mas or Christmas, which one do you approve of? May you have a prosperous new year!

  9. Tumblewords says:

    Great post! So very interesting!

    1. Pheno Menon says:

      The performance is much more haunting and memorable

  10. md says:

    Nice one…

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