|Kathakali employs the four abhinayas, i.e. Sattvika, expression of thoughts by the efforts of the mind (Bhaava and Rasa), Aangika, conveyance of ideas by the movements of the various parts of the body (gestures), Vaacika, spoken words, singing, shrieking, etc., and Aharya, the dress and deportment.
One of the most interesting aspects of Kathakali is its elaborate make-up code. Most often, the make-up can be classified into five basic sets namely Pacha, Kathi, Kari, Thaadi, and Minukku. The differences between these sets are the predominant colors that are applied on the face.