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 narrator sets the scene: KK5

The drama unfolds:



5 Replies to “Kathakali”

    1. Oh, for sure. All the scenes are straight from the Ramayana. The story synopsis is in the program, so you actually know the story ahead of time.

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