Friday, 4 May 2012

Kathakali Dancer

This is my entry for 29 faces May (Day 4) and PPF Week 8, Year 2.

I used acrylics on sketching paper. And I'm happy with the outcome :)


Kathakali is a dance-drama form from the southern Indian state, Kerala. It is said to have its origins in the 17th century. The most striking feature of this classical dance form is the elaborate makeup of the characters. They enact parts of the great Indian epics Mahabharata and Ramayana and other stories from Indian mythology.

I had this dream of painting a Kathakali dancer and finally...thanks to PPF and 29 faces I did it!

18 comments:

  1. Good for you! This looks like a challenging one with the intricate designs. I need to do a faces challenge sometime. Sometimes we just need a little nudge.

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  2. Excellent ~ very well done ~ creative, colorful, textural ~ love the myth behind it ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  3. brilliant use of color. so much history and tradition captured here. thanks for sharing!

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  4. wow he is very striking and little bit scary. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  5. Very nice! So creative. Happy PPF!

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  6. Lots of wonderful colors!

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  7. Great painting and colors!
    Thanks for sharing a little bit of the history in the making;-)

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  8. Great painting and colors!
    Thanks for sharing a little bit of the history in the making;-)

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  9. Wonderful and original! Happy PPF!

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  10. Great Face (& body) LOVE the bold colours!

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  11. Great cultural image! I enjoyed reading the background info you gave as well.

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  12. This is so different I really like it!

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  13. Fantastic! There is so much detail and pattern here, it would scare me away from ever trying. You must be thrilled with the way this turned out.

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  14. Apni, this is great... the colors and patterns are very interesting. Perfect for 29 faces of May!
    Thank you for the information on Indian mythology... i love learning about other cultures. xoxo

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  15. That is very interesting! Thanks for all the info.:) Great painting!

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  16. Sorry for replying so late. Thank you everyone for the wonderful words of encouragement! I am always sooo happy to read your feedback :)

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