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Kathakali

This Kathakali troupe in Kochi performed a nice story from the Mahabharata named 'Kiratham' or so I was told. It went along the lines of "Conceited prince Arjuna (?)is out hunting-Lord Shiva, disguised as the hunter Kiratha, decides to cleanse Arjuna of his pride-Arjuna resists, until he realizes he's really dealing with Lord Shiva-Arjuna repents and becomes good-The End". The photos unfortunately don't convey much of the story...
Arjuna
Arjuna
Lord Shiva disguised as Kiratha
Lord Shiva disguised as Kiratha
Parvati and Krishna disguised with Arjuna
Parvati and Krishna disguised with Arjuna