Kathakali performer in the virtuous pachcha (green) role in Chennai, South India. Kathakali is the ancient classical dance form of Kerala. Photograph by Arvind Balaraman.

Kathakali performer in the virtuous pachcha (green) role in Chennai, South India. Kathakali is the ancient classical dance form of Kerala. Photograph by Arvind Balaraman.

☮ Indian Portrait of Kathakali dancer in full make-up and costume portraying Chuvanna Thadi, wearing elaborate headgear called Mudis and demonstrating the double hand movement known as Samyutha Mudras

☮ Indian Portrait of Kathakali dancer in full make-up and costume portraying Chuvanna Thadi, wearing elaborate headgear called Mudis and demonstrating the double hand movement known as Samyutha Mudras

Theyyam dancers, Cochin, Kerala, India...What if instead of wearing make-up we wore our faces painted like this? What an interesting world that would be.

Theyyam dancers, Cochin, Kerala, India...What if instead of wearing make-up we wore our faces painted like this? What an interesting world that would be.

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