Kari - Kathakali Make-up
Kari is the name of a make-up in Kathakali. It literally means black and is donned by cruel characters. Characters in Kari are further classified into two according to the gender; Aankari (male) and Penkari (female).
The Kaattalan (forest dweller) in Nalacharita is an example of the Aankari character. Demonesses like Simhika, Shoorpanakha and Nakrathundi are portrayed in the Penkari make-up.
Shown in the video is Nakrathundi a character in the popular play Narakasuravadham.
Kathakali make-up is classified into five types according to the nature of the character. They are Pacha (green), Kathi (knife), Kari (black), Thaadi (beard) and Minukku (radiant).