Kathakali

In this Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 photo, an Indian Kathakali artist dons a make-up prior to a performance in Chennai, India. Kathakali is a classical dance that was created in the ancient kingdoms that now make up Kerala, a state on India's southwestern coast some 400 years back. The roots are in Sanskrit temple theater, which, like Japan's Kabuki or Hollywood's silent films, had a glossary of hand gestures and exaggerated movements of the facial muscles to express emotion. Dancers are swathed in robes and yards and yards of petticoat, encrusted with ribbons, tassels and embroidery, ropes of brass chain and plastic beads.

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An Indian Kathakali artist waits to go on stage in Chennai, India. Kathakali is a classical dance that was created in the ancient kingdoms that now make up Kerala, on India’s southwest coast, 400 years ago.