Weekly Photo Challenge – One

22 Dec

Every good photograph has a main subject, that draws the attention of the audience and communicates a story. And this week, the challenge for the weekly photo challenge is “One” i.e. to share a pic that focusses on one thing. And I decided that what better pic for this topic than a colorful and dramatic kathakali dancer in all his finery.

A Kathakali dancer, Kochi, Kerala

A Kathakali dancer, Kochi, Kerala

Kathakali is an Indian classical dance form from Kerala that means a story play or a dance drama. The dancers in this dance form are usually men (even in the role of women) and they wear billowing costumes, numerous ornaments and colorful makeup (made with all natural things). It is noted for the facial expressions (movements of the face, eyebrows, eyes, etc), hand gestures, no speech and less movement of the lower body. This dance is performed with a live playback singer along with drums and cymbals; to stories enacted from the two Indian epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, as well as the Puranas.

The face of a Kathakali dancer, Kochi, Kerala

The face of a Kathakali dancer, Kochi, Kerala

I have seen Kathakali performances in Thekkady and Kochi and loved both of them. Along with the actual dance forms, I also love the singing of the background artists which is very different from all other music forms.  I am also amazed at all the expressions that these dancers are able to give. It is just amazing as you can distinguish each feeling such as anger, joy, etc with just facial expressions. And if you reach the performance venue in advance, then you can also see the dancers painstakingly applying this make-up. So if you ever plan to be in Kerala, one Kathakali dance performance should definitely be on your “to do” list. 🙂

Please feel free to comment on this pic, and you can check out additional posts on this topic here.

11 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge – One”

  1. Mike December 29, 2013 at 00:03 #

    Non è tutto oro quel che luccica !


  2. A.H. January 1, 2014 at 08:42 #

    Nice click! I’m traveling to Kochi later this month. Any recommendations on where I can see a good Kathakali performance?


    • getsetandgo January 1, 2014 at 22:57 #

      Thanks, and in Kochi the 2 good places in Fort Kochi are – Greenix Vilage and Kerala Kathakali Centre 🙂 Hope you have a good trip 🙂


  3. VisualBanquet January 24, 2014 at 19:21 #

    Love the photos of Kerala, especially the Kathakali dancer. Reminded me of my visit to Greenix!


    • getsetandgo January 24, 2014 at 20:22 #

      Thanks 🙂 did you watch the entire Kerala arts show or just the kathakali show?


      • VisualBanquet January 24, 2014 at 20:23 #

        Just the Kathakali Show – it was amazing!!


      • getsetandgo January 24, 2014 at 20:28 #

        It was… And now I really want to see a Theyyam performance. Hence wanted to check if you had a chance to see it.


      • VisualBanquet January 29, 2014 at 19:27 #

        Unfortunately wasn’t able to catch a Theyyam performance.




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