The make-up

Portrait of Ottam Thullal artist Kalamandalam Prabhakaran doing make-up
Kalamandalam Prabhakaran | Kovalam beach, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Ottam Thullal is a classical performing art of Kerala, India. It’s a solo dance in which one actor adorning colourful costumes recites dance songs to the accompaniment of drums and cymbals. The Ottam Thullal artist uses native pigments, called manayola (yellow), chayillyam (red), neelam (blue) and mashi (black), mixed with coconut oil or water, for his facial make-up.


14 Replies to “The make-up”

  1. Hey,

    Wanted to leave a note the first time I saw this photograph. Its truly awesome! I like the fact that you framed it in such a way that even the designs on his forehead are visible. Great work!

    When you see this comment, just send me a mail to “clikapoo at gmail dot com.” Would like to get in touch with you.


  2. Oh I love this! Superb! I’ve always dreamed of going to India. I’ve been mesmerized with the richness of its culture and extremely colorful celebrations. I promised myself to go here someday. Somehow… :)

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