Nangiarkoothu artist doing make-up

Joshi Daniel Photography

Nangiarkoothu artist Margi Usha doing make-up Nangiarkoothu artist Margi Usha doing make-up | Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Nangiarkoothu artist Margi Usha applying make-up before a performance in Trivandrum, Kerala.

Nangiarkoothu is a traditional art form of Kerala and it dates back to 1500 years, It features a solo actress (nangiar) who narrates the story using mudras (hand gestures), facial expressions and body movements to the accompaniment of the mizhavu (a big copper drum). The art form is performed solely by female artists.

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