So, after the makeup process the evil hero (with green makeup) goes behind the stage where he will be dressed up in a huge ballet-like skirt, and one of the actors stays on stage and shows the audience mudras (hand gestures) and emotions that are used in kathakali theatre.
One of the emotions.
If you notice the eyes of the actors are sore and reddish. Before the play, he puts a special plant called chundappoo under the lower eye-lid and the eyes become sore. If its not done the image of the hero wont be complete as on such a bright made up face normal eyes just get lost and stay unnoticed.
Actor is showing Get lost! phrase. In reality I would really go and get lost if I didnt know its just a demonstration :)
Action on the stage is accompanied with music played on tabla.
Kathakali plays are based on various myths with different heroes, including gods and demons. Overall there are around 101 stories. I tried to find a story I saw played, though still not completely sure whether its the right one.
So, once upon a time there was a beautiful girl Rukmini (lets disregard the fact that its plated by a man with no real boobs)
And there was an evil king Sisupala who wanted to marry Rukmini, but she loved Krishna and marrying the horrible Sisupala was the last thing she wanted to do. Maybe, because Sisupala had a tennis ball on his nose:
I hope, people on the Internet forgive me my frivolous description, just in reality the performance looks so funny. And although serious things from serious myths are described, for me it was more like a comedy, especially if you notice the tiny graceful legs Sisupala has :)
I guess, he is telling Rukmini how cool he is, and Rumkini is kinda oh, come on ))
Sisupala sat and got mad at her.
In fact, the main part of the show Sisupala was chasing Rukmini and tried to harass her.
Ultimately, Rukmini couldnt take it any longer and asked Krishna to get done with Sisupala. I could be lying here as to who exactly and in a form of which person came to rescue Rukmini, but he looked this way:
If judged by the metall nails it seems to be a superman who will save Rukmini and kills Sisupaka. He and Sisupala were struggling on the stage for a long time emitting some noise, and in the end Sisupala was defeated, screaming out some sounds which you normally would hear in famous German movies (if you understand what Im saying :) )
To watch kathakali it is good to know at least something from Indian mythology, though on the scene there is a man who is explaining what is going to happen. Kathakali is a special art and not all people enjoy it and understand it. For me it was very very interesting, especially the makeup part, because it is something Ive never seen in my country or elsewhere in India. I even bought a paper-mache kathakali mask for 50 rupees (dont pay more!)