Kathakali : Make-up and Performance in Kerala, India


KATHAKALI MAKE-UP AND PERFORMANCE

AT THE SHATKALA GOVINDA MARAR SMARAMA KALAMITHI
IN RAMAMANGALAM, KERALA, INDIA

The special elaborate make-up and costumes are the hallmarks of Kathakali, the classical dance-drama of Kerala.

It takes nearly three to four hours to complete the make-up which is done in stages, and the duration varies according to the character and complexity of the costume.

Chutti ( the makeup) plays a crucial role in differentiating the characters and their personality.

Magnificent make-up and elaborate costumes are the hallmarks of Kathakali, the classical dance-drama of Kerala.