I went to the almost mandatory Kathakali Centre in Fort kochi to catch a performance of this stylized classical Indian dance-drama. If you arrive early enough, you can watch the actors apply their makeup on-stage. The art form is known for its elaborate makeup and costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements, especially the eyes. The short three-act drama then unfolds to the music of percussion players sharing the stage. Apologies for the poor focus in these shots: it was dark, flash was not allowed, there was no room to set a tripod, the action was fast.
The stage is set for the drama:
The drama unfolds: