Portrait of a Kathakali performer in Minukku vesham

Minukku vesham in Kathakali | Trivandrum, Kerala, India

‘Minukku’ is one of the five Veshams or types of make-up in Kathakali. It is used to represent women and sages. Traditionally, Kathakali being a predominantly male performance, the female characters are also performed by men. This Vesham is used to represent gentleness and a high spiritual standing and is characterised with yellow facial paint.

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