Kattaikkuttu Festival in India

Scenes from a colorful annual festival in Kancheepuram India. Photos by Sriram (The Traces).

April 18, 2013

The Kattaikkuttu Festival happens every year at the Kattaikkuttu gurukulam (boarding school) premises at the Punjarasantakkal village in the temple town of Kancheepuram India.

Artists dress and perform as hindu Mythological characters / gods. Every performer does their own make up and adorn themselves. They take up chapters from Mahabharatha and Ramayana and perform the same in a common man's language. Villagers flock in huge numbers and enjoy this overnight festival.

These colorful and candid portraits taken by Sriram Guruswamy (The Traces Photoblog) provide a unique behind the scenes view of this culturally rich festival.


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