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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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