‘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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78 Replies to “Minukku vesham in Kathakali”
A very different picture of Kathakali dancer
wow that is a lot of make-up!
What a unique photograph. More cultural education. Many thanx.
A truly painstaking job of applying make up foe a kathakali artist…you have captured it well
The high light you capture on the veil is wonderful.
Awesome indeed and something that I dint know before..
Unique capture! My 10 yr old niece is a Kathakali artist. Missing her after seeing this pic. :)
Beautiful capture, Joshi. Love how you captured the performer. Great illumination of the face. He looks like he’s lost in a moment, thinking nothing about the performance :)
Really like the info and of course image
Three letters…WOW. Also the description is enlightening.
Impressive portrait and make-up Art of spiritual and cultural nature!
It’s truly interesting Joshi Dear!
Incredible India, Simply amazing
And makeup perfect portrait of this symbol
Wow…this is really cool!
Impressive. I would not guess she is actually he! :) Great image Joshi and thanks for introducing Minukku.
Gorgeous and creative capture Joshi.
Very nice Picture.
Amazing! Complimenti Daniel!
What a transformation. I especially love the vibrant colors. The makeup is stunning. :-)
Taking centre stage! What a super capture Joshi ..
Nice light and brilliant colors…
I like how you capture his posture ; he looks half statue and half person.
Good story,rather a useful information with a great photo.Awesome work indeed.
Caught in a retrospective mood.
Wow…this is really cool!
Interesting capture – is it a person or a statue? Good story to accompany an interesting image.
Amazing colors and framing.
Kathakalali performance is so amazing…. from watching them get ready to the performance itself…, a beautiful image of an amazing process!
I do appreciate the insights/short narratives that come with your pictures :-)
Must be fascinating to watch this dance ! I wonder what she’s thinking …
Lovely photo Joshi .
Minikku vesham! Love that term. So right for the make up of those female characters.
Superb picture, Joshi.
de très belles couleurs
your photos are always touching, thanks for the backstory…you, sir, have a cool job!…
I like getting my education here, Joshi.
Excellent, as always.
Interesting portrait, love the color and details!
Beautiful capture! I love the perspective you chose. Also, the information you provided is very interesting – thank you.
Love the turquoise background and reflections in this beautiful composition. Also glad that you told us the meaning of “Minukku Vesham”-thank-you.
So nice ~ looks like a puppet…with life :-)
Wonderful perspective and composition
Absolutely, incredible …!!!
Lovely Click…. But somehow… I love your black and WHite clicks of people and faces more…..Ofcourse this would not really categorise in black and white….NEvertheless awesome job
Hey Joshi, you have a good thing going on. Aside from being an excellent photographer, you are also a remarkable storyteller. Each picture has an edifying story behind it.
Thanks so much for sharing.
This picture tells such a rich story. I love it.
This is amazing!
A very strong and expressive picture.
Super, Daniel! :-)
That is cool & thanks for the background info
lovely and educational!
difficult but nicely done.all are awesome.
What a great photo!!
Such nice colors! Great image Joshi.
Beautiful shot, as usual, and a very interesting subject.
I take it that the execution of a performance might be like the traditional presentation of a Shakespeare play, which is a source of controversy for many women around the world. If there is some similarity to Shakespeare, how do Indian women see this art? I guess that before that question can be answered, it must be asked why are the performances predominantly male? By saying it is predominantly male, there is the suggestion that women do have some part in the production of a performance. If so, do they regard the art as sexist? Do they regard the depictions of women as realistic, insulting or somewhere in between?
By comparison, feminists worldwide still perform Shakespeare plays today with the full knowledge that in Willie’s day, they were completely denied from acting in plays as Willie assumed that women are intellectually incapable of performing drama; and he never lived long enough to realize how wrong and offensive he was with that notion.
That’s a great job!
Very interesting vesham…and oh, thanks for the info about the Minukku Vesham. :D
HIs/her face looks plastic. True gender bending.
Great image. Thank you so much for sharing fantastic photo.
Thank you :)