Close up detail of young East Indian American classical Kuchipudi dancer with Altha on her hands.
Altha is used to enhance her hand gestures, and also done on the feet for the same reasons. It enhances movements so that people in the back of the audience can also see our movements, at the Annual Diwali (Deepavali) Festival at the South Street Seaport in New York City.
The Festival of Lights originated in India to celebrate the joy of living. The triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.