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All Dressed and Ready ..... and Dancing !!

A dancer expresses a range of emotions at a demonstrative Kathakali performance.

This is a costume drama enacted in Kerala which tells stories only by the usage of hand and finger movements and facial expressions.


It is a tough art form to master and requres immense physical control and training for 9-10 years to achieve a modicum of decent performance.


The dancer is always a man. He chose to demonstrate a few expressions in his gaily costume at the beautifully located Taj Malabar hotel in Cochin, India


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Taken on July 29, 2007