Kathakali is a traditional dance from the south Indian state of Kerala. Embedded in stories from the epics, Ramayana, Mahabharata and from the Puranas, the dance form is believed to have originated in the 16th century. Kathakali can be described as a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama, noted for the heavy make-up and stunning costumes of the dancers, as you can see in this image. Detailed gestures and well-defined body movements (presented in tune with anchor playback music and complementary percussion) are some other notable features of the dance. Elaborate masks, huge skirts and big head-dresses are uniquely used by the performers of Kathakali.
Taken inside a dark auditorium with spotlights acting as the only light source. Hence the higher ISO.
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ymrk (14955) 2010-12-07 1:57
a fantastic portrait and eyes of BG!Beautiful perspective which using light.So multicolored human mask i've never seen.Regards
lilito (3458) 2010-12-07 2:04
Voici un joli portrait plein de couleurs et de détailles, avec une lumière bien gérée.
Merci du partage!
yquem46 (38380) 2010-12-07 2:40
Kathakali in Munnar !? I'm surprised. I saw one performed in Cochin and in Munnar I saw the tea plantations. And both are sweet memories to me
Quite a close up portrait here Sabyasachi, razor sharp and really so representative of this art
Have a nice day
Looks like you're in the process of a more permanent come back. I'm very glad you do. Dhanyavad
snunney (79659) 2010-12-07 4:06
A great portrait of this dancer with his scary make-up. The compelling stare from his eyes really seems to bore into you. He stands out beautifully from the dark background, helped by superb colours and sharpness.
jhm (135238) 2010-12-08 3:57
Very nice portrait, with a wonderful sharpness and clarity.
I like the black background against the colors on the face.
Wonderful image, excellent colors.
Excellent captured and composed.
Very well done, TFS.
danos (83081) 2010-12-08 23:31
impressive the well painted Kathakali dancer, with the colours to be so impressive and well captured.I like the brilliant light as the clarity and the sharpness of the image.Well done.
Regards from Greece,Danos
Graal (95363) 2010-12-09 0:11
amazing painted face and costume. Good colours, an interesting note also.
Have a nice day.
siolaw (38050) 2010-12-09 3:03
Good to see you around after long time! ;D
Excellent classic portrait of the Keralese dancer with good sharpness, being at 1/60th, you have quite a steady hand!
Colourful as it should be!
rodgerg (55767) 2010-12-09 4:17
Excellent framing for this curious, impressive and especially well coloured portrait. The vived color arise well in the black of the B G. Good balalnce too with the portrait a little off-centred on the left.
korbee (6615) 2010-12-09 12:22
Superbe portrait of a unique dance Sabya.,i know only th makeup of the actors takes hours and hours...
Waylim (25070) 2010-12-13 18:54
Visually a very strong and powerful image. Though may be uneasy to look at at times, but that is because there is so much details and strong graphical elements. The colors so rich and deep in tone. Great close up POV and really well balance composition. Excellent shot.
nirajsinha (857) 2010-12-14 3:18
A great shot Sabya da... colours are oozing with beauty... Eye contact made the shot.... Black background is adding to the beauty of the shot...
pablominto (53744) 2010-12-14 3:45
A striking portrait of this special mask..!
Fine light that renders vivid colours, accurate DoF and sharp fine details...
A well balanced composition of high technical quality!
macjake (52184) 2010-12-15 19:57
these photos are a wonderful doorway looking into various cultures around the world.
lots of colour, combined with the darkness of the black which the noise is not noticeable.
bukitgolfb301 (34488) 2010-12-25 1:22
Hi dear Sabyasachi
A happy and merry Christmas!
Wonderful and gorgeous portrait shot! Very gorgeous light/shade and confortable composition as usual. Quite remakbale color presentation! Thanks for your sharing with fine work, have a good sacred holiday and best regards,
Takero from very cold windy Tokyo
Xalkida (11744) 2011-05-26 4:40
Very fine colors. Another excellent photo with great light manipulation. Well done!
- Copyright: Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) (19771)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-14
- Categories: Festivals, Ceremony, Event
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f4 L IS USM
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Folk Life in India [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-07 1:41
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