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Also this classical dance from Kerala was performed that year at the Dance Festival in Mahabalipuram. Most typical of this dance is that the performers use their eyes very intensely to render the story told by vocal backup musician group. The make up, face-painting and dress takes hours to prepare and are already an art form on itself. The act is rather long telling the story of Siva and the rescue of Sita, his wife, by Hanuman, the ape-god, from Sri Lanka. The footprint of Hanuman you can find in Rameswaram where he jumps off to Sri Lanka.

Thanks to the actor who was willingly to pose before he went on stage.

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