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Kathakali-1

Best seen in larger size over black (click image above).

 

This is a recreation of the face and head art used in Kathakali, (Malayalam: കഥകളി), a "highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in the country's present day state of Kerala [ South India] during the 17th century and has developed over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming" (paraphrased from Wikipedia).

 

Leica M9 + 50mm Noctilux @ f/1.4. The shadows at the corners are not vignetting - they are formed by an accent light directly above the art.

 

(L1000841)

 

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Taken on March 17, 2010