Kathakali has a very elaborate make-up. The make-up can be mostly classified into five types namely Pacha (Green), Kathi (Knife), Kari (Black), Thadi (Beard) and Minukku (Prettying Up). Pacha portrays noble protagonists, Kathi portrays villainous characters, Kari is used for lady-demons, Vella Thadi (White Beard) is used for super human characters like Hanuman (the Monkey God), Chuvanna Thadi (Red Beard) for evil characters, Karutha Thadi (Black Beard) for the hunter and the Minukku vesham is used for female characters and sages.
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101 Replies to “Kathakali make-up”
ooh i like this one .. the tone .. the info …. lighting and shadow is so cool … well done
btw he seems to be so engrossed in the act of getting it done perfectly
Very nice lighting. And the colors are awesome as usual. :)
Superb Colors! Really amazing capture with perfect lights! An inspiring shot….
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Perfect and wonderful
Nice description and capture of course !
i love this one. have you posted a similar one before??? ooooh i totally love this!
Oh, such a beautiful light in this photo! Love the composition and those beautiful colors. He’s really working very concentrated on his make-up.
He is very concentrated :)
A beautifull photo,nice make-up and a wonderfull lightning.
Thanks for links and info .
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thats cool… but i feel that
“camera thoda niche liya hota to it will look good… i mean uski aakhe dikhni chahiye thi… ” baki you are best photographer…… :D :)
Great Shot !! :D
ohhh woww wat a colorful portrait!!!mazaaa aayaa dekhke…nice 1
I have witnessed the Kathakali make up during a Kathakalishow at Cochin, its really a very long process and interesting to watch.
this is very beautiful…
Beautiful portrait, amazing colors and detail! Excellent work!
Un maquillage qui prend du temps. Donc tout le loisirs de faire une bonne image.
Very beautiful colors, the framing is spot on :)
Colours of Kerala and its rich heritage
wonderful capture… loved the lightings …
Very majestic. Well shot.
rocking – as usual… Love all your portrait work.
Lighting multiplies the intensity of the portrait.
I love the light in this photo…btw, am off to kerala for a couple of weeks..:)
great colors and superb lighting! keep it up buddy :D
Nice job Danny! Love it as usual! :)
Magnificent! You have captured an extraordinary moment. Congratulations Joshi!
excellent – whats your camera?
i use a canon dslr350d and in low light conditions, such as this, i get a yellow hue. any ideas on how to get the real colours. I made a student documentary about 12 years back on kathakali and those days I had a manual russian camera called Kiev, damn heavy, but what pictures!! not getting the same thing with digital! your thoughts on this? maybe i am not using it well.
joshi that comment by col. mani is me… sorry i help my dad with his blog and i forgot to log out :0
So this waas taken in tvm?? Lighting is aweome…Fabulous
Excellent detail of the mask, beautiful photo!
excellent !!! fantastic details and angle of view ! you are great photograph , perfect light and framing .
great composition and natural light gave a very good picture. Bravo !!
Nice light captured there.
That’s a wonderful art form. This shot shows much goes into the make-up only. One of the most important part of the dance I think.
Keep it up.
that photo is extremely eerie!!! but sooooo perfect!!!!
quite educative your post. and the shot, is of course, great. cheers*
Love the colours. It takes an insane amount of time to get ready! Want to actually see it myself one day, the whole process of getting ready and then performing!
fantastic shot great color and powerful show of culture and tradition
Awesome ..love the burst of color..and the shades…
as gorgeous as the dance form is!!
Great shot. You always manage to capture great detail in your images. Interesting ideas and composition. Thanks for the good luck with my exhibition. A little nervous but should be a good experience. Hopefully it’ll go well and the exhibition will continue to travel.
Wow man..gr8 blog
Love it! The the color and the detail!
Awesome photograph! lovely interplay of light and shadow…and great moment/motion capture while he was applying make up.
I like the colors, not only in his face but in the whole picture!
Such a superb shot and an informative post, thanks
What a lighting ! Superb framing and colors and attitude and… everything ! Really enjoy it. And thanks for the caption too, very interesting, Joshi*
Strange but very great culture! Vibrant!
Amazing colors. Great subject
I very much enjoyed that you shared about the different paints and uses. Wonderful portrait.
Fantastic photography and nice information. Its amazing to see you top the indivine list often. Keep the good work. Thanks for sharing
gr8 shot as always joshi! and belated congrats on ur century :)
good POV and a great portrait .. well done
An artist for sure. Amazing.
Interesting documentary shot, would like to see a whole serie on this wonderful subject :)
It must be not very easy to do this painting by himself. Very interesting shot.
Amazing the intricate details in this makeup. A fascinating and interesting portrait. Like to see such traditions and customs in other countries. Excellent job capturing this art form.
Beautiful shot … love the light n framing !!
n great info on kathakali make up too :)
The colors are great for wearing
That’s very interesting, this is an amazing art form. Incredible how these people are able to paint their own faces with such detail and significance. That green color is so wonderful, I wonder how this paint is being made. I imagine with pure natural materials. Nice photo Joshi!!
I like the furrowed concentration on his face…
Wonderful colors and tones here and the light is really perfect!
Very nice work! This has a lot of visual interest!
fantastic use of lights. great atmosphere!
wow i didnt know that they do paint their faces by themselves…how talented and accurate they have to be!!!the intensity of the artist is well captured!!!
A very nice light for this portrait
Cool & Wah Wah Picture
I love the careful attention he is paying to the task, and your explanation was fascinating.
Espectacular el tono como el color de la imagen.
Hi joshi! As always wonderful work with portraits and use of light!
Great documentary shot, colors are beautiful and subject intresting. Congrats & thanks !
nice capture. love the colors and the guy is doing the face painting himself by the looks. class of talent.
Stunning play with light and shadows, class
I do like the light to this image. Really accentuates the colours.
The expressions on those face are awesome, especially with all those paints and lighting.. Just terrific.
Love the expressions and the color! :)
Lovely light and colours to this one. Great going!
Very nice, always a pleasure to see your products !
He does look menacing as a villain could be. Have to second a few here, the textures, angle, color, and light make it a very appealing image.
light is wonderful. I like your picture.
Wonderfull and im spechless. Is there anybody can donate this make up and costum for a beautiful photography. I wish i can donate one on my self when im coming down to Kerala.
great work.u r inspiration to others.
i love these photographs, especially since I find kathakali fascinating.
Gorgeous picture! Thanks for writing a great piece!
This subtle art has an unusual record…..for largest facial make up………….. !!
patience pays !!
superb lighting….superb capture…loved it
love the lighting!
Nice pivture… and good info about Kathakali.. Good work
Yellow lighting adds more spices to the pic.. nice :)
Wow! You’ve got some great Kathakali shots. They reminded me of the time I got to watch some Kathakali make up before a show in Kumily. I’d like to share your Kathakali (view more) link with my readers. I hope it’s ok. They’ll be here – http://dnambiar-travelblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/thekkady-trip-into-into-wild.html.
Just awesome. Love the classical make up!
wow, this is fantastic!
wooooooooooow no words.You are getting better n better everyday
After I love your Sadhu’s portrait on black I have fallen in love with this one too…