Kathakali is a classical dance form of Kerala, India. 


Kathakali preparations

this is for the rist
make up: this is Sri Krishna in preparation. in the beginning he needs the help of another to put the white paper as beard. it is fixed on the chin with the paste of rice powder.
green lining: then he starts applying paint by himself.
he is looking at the mirror
without head gear
painting (chutti kuthal) is finished.
out of frame: i had a hard time in getting these shots when they were doing their final touch ups. they were not posing for me. actually they were in a rush to run to the stage.
look staright: these shots are taken from above the shoulder of the artist.
look up: i enjoyed these fames. focusing on the mirror and shooting at it. i felt like laughing. i don’t know why.
full frame: unless you see the previous 3 pics its hard to say that its a reflection in a mirror.
touch up: every thing has to be perfect. even if others wont notice, you know that you have not done your best.
look there: making sure that the head gears wont fall of during the 3 hour play.
redady to go: steel nail is attached to the fingers. more visual appeal when showing signs during the act of play.
they do the make up themselves
last touches: this man will be playing the role of Devaki, the mother of Sri Krishna.
white lining: this man will be dressed up as a women, Yasoda – the step mother of Sri Krishna.
yet to complete: this man is preparing for kathakali, a classical dance of Kerala.
dhim tha na dhim
behind the scene
dressing up

loving bond

oh maammaa..
devaki and sri krishna

art photography

Kathakali: Krishna, Yasoda & Devaki

this is the story of sri krishna, devaki and yasoda.
devaki is sri krishna’s mother and yasoda is his step mother.
actually this story is not there in the purana. but improvised according to the artist’s imagination without contradicting the original story, at the same time trying to highlight the value of motherhood. it was a very touching performance. kudos to all the artists.

devaki is wondering. what am i hearing? sri krishna is coming back from vrindavan to mathura?
Devaki and Krishna
sri krishna
pain of a mother

devaki explains her sorrows of not meeting him all these years.
i have never seen any kathakal performance like this. the characters were really crying–devaki, krishna and yasoda. during the continuous 3 hour performance they never applied anything (glycerine etc) in their eyes as film characters will do. their emotions were original. they were living the characters.
i also had a tough time to see through the lens with eyes filled with tears.

i am nothing: devaki and yasoda
for certainly:  i will explain every bit of krishna’s childhood plays
listen carefully: yasoda and devaki
dizzy: pootana tried to kill krishna giving her breast milk applying poison on her breasts. at last krishna killed her.
i hate this
mischievous: once krishna ate sand. he denied it. i asked him to open his mouth.
wonder: krishna showed 14 worlds in his mouth
fear: krishna showed 14 worlds in his mouth. i was afraid
wonder fear:i could not believe it.
wonder: what is this?
console: you are lucky to have him. yasoda and devaki
fire of separation: Yasoda taking leave, unable to bear the pain of separation from sri krishna.
yasoda is sad
yasoda & krishna: hugging with all the heart
what a fortune to have mothers like this.