The costumes worn during Kathakali were so colourful and bright, that I couldn’t resist taking a close-up photo, or two, or three.
The performance was a short version of a story taken from the Mahabharatha – one of the ancient Indian epics about the Kauravas and the Pandavas.
The story is about Draupadi and her five husbands – the Pandavas. During a game of dice, in which Draupadi was the stake, she is being lost to one of their cousins. Brutally she is taken from them by Dushasana. In an attempt to dishonour her, he tries to rip off the single garment that is clothing her, her sari. She prays to Lord Krishna to protect her. In response he makes her sari endless, leaving Dushasana unable to strip Draupadi of her garment as he unwraps layer after layer. Furious, Draupadi vows that she will not tie her hair, until it is coloured with the blood of Dushasana. When one of her husbands finally comes to her aid, he kills Dushasana and her wish is granted.