12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Culture and the Arts
The kathakali performer

Kathakali is a stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in the country's present day state of Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming. The shot depicts an expert Kathakali Performer carefully prepares himself with makeup to deliver a performance in the show.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Kochi, India
Camera: NIKON D300S