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APTOPIX India Kathakali
In this Wednesday, Sept .4, 2013 photo, an Indian Kathakali artist is reflected on a mirror as he dons make up prior to a performance in Chennai, India. Kathakali is a classical dance that was created in the ancient kingdoms that now make up Kerala, a state on India's southwestern coast some 400 years back. The roots are in Sanskrit temple theater, which, like Japan's Kabuki or Hollywood's silent films, had a glossary of hand gestures and exaggerated movements of the facial muscles to express emotion. Dancers are swathed in robes and yards and yards of petticoat, encrusted with ribbons, tassels and embroidery, ropes of brass chain and plastic beads. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)