Facial Expressions in Kathakali

Facial Expressions in Kathakali
Facial Expressions in Kathakali

Last Sunday (29 Mar 2009) I attended a workshop organized by Karnataka Yakshagana Academy at Yuga purusha Hall, Kinnigoli. Discussions at the seminar were mainly around body language, presentation, in Yakshgana Bharatnatyam, Kathakkali and Bhootakola art forms. Here is a glimpse of few facial expression demonstrated by this Kerala Kalamandalam artist in Kathakali.

As I was concentrating on photographing expression I did not bother to note down on what each expressions were. If you are interested in these expressions,  they are from left to right

  • tranquility (shaantha),
  • surprise (adbhutha),
  • disgust (bheebhatsya),
  • 2 photos of fear (bhayaanaka) and
  • courage (veera)
EXIF info - Aperture : ƒ/4 | Camera : Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Taken : 29 March, 2009 | Flash fired : no | Focal length : 200mm | ISO : 640 | Location : 12° 53′ 21.375239923225″ N 74° 49′ 14.01024″ E | Shutter speed : 1/200s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.

2 thoughts on “Facial Expressions in Kathakali”

  1. ಚಿತ್ರಗಳು ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಸುವ ರಸಭಾವಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆಯೂ ವಿವರಣೆ ಕೊಡ್ರೀ ದಾಕ್ಟರ್ ಸಾಬ್. ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ಸಾಧನಗಳ ವಿವರಣೆ, ಸ್ಥಳ, ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶಗಳ ಸ್ಮರಣೆಯೊಡನೆ ಅದೂ ಸೇರಿದರೆ ಹೂವಿಗೆ ಗಂಧ ಬಂದಂತಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲವೆ?

  2. ಅಶೋಕ ವರ್ಧನರೇ ತಮ್ಮ ಆಕ್ರೋಶವನ್ನು ವರ್ಜಿಸಿ. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸಲಹೆಯನ್ನು ನನ್ನ ಬ್ಲಾಗಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಚುಟುಕಾಗಿ ಅಳವಡಿಸಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ನಿಮ್ಮಂತೆ ವಿಸ್ತ್ರತವಾಗಿ ಬರೆಯಲಾರೆ. ಕ್ಷಮೆಯಿರಲಿ, ವಂದನೆಗಳು.
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