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Kerala Kathakali Centre

Address: near Santa Cruz Basilica | K.B. Jacob Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Phone Number: 484 2215827
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

If you have the slightest interest in Keralan culture you can't ignore kathakali classical dance theatre. The programme at the Kerala Kathakali Centre provides a bite-sized introduction to the art form, comprising an opportunity to observe the performers applying face make-up (approx. 1 hour), a lecture-demonstration of the rudiments of the facial and gestural language of kathakali (c. 45 mins),... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

book your and seats in advance. you dont want to end up sitting behind a tall person. the make up session is more than 1 hour. i think you just need to be there to see how its done for 10 mins, should be enough. the performance show is great.

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Omg i just missed this dance, but my Friends really enjoy the dance, those missed must visit again for kathakali dance.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We booked the day before and had excellent seats 48and 49 which are in the front row where the floor is suddenly raised so you can see everything . Arriving at 5.30 we were able to see the makeup ...amazing ..even my husband was fascinated. The 30 minute pre show information session was the best bit really as it explained... More 

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Hoi An, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Don't miss this fantastic performance. Arrive by around 5:30 to watch the elaborate make-up and pre-performance rituals. This ancient art form is really something special.

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Melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Interesting but lacks atmosphere - sit for an hour watching actors put makeup on then the show goes for 1 hour. Culturally interesting but an odd venue and set up.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

First we saw how the dancers out on their makeup, about one hour to do it the right way. then dancing old traditionnel sketches with ancien music instrument.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

we are enjoy the make up an performance it was nice really good experience and traditional kerala dance.

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kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

enjoyed an amazing cultural dance show which takes place every Saturday night. it is a must watch, the 2 sisters are wonderful dancers, be ready to be spell- bound. The center also sells Kerala souvenirs, got a nice mask at a very reasonable price.

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Udhampur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

we went for the Kathakali makeup and dance display. I took my kids aged 9 and 13 and was apprehensive what if they dont understand and feel bored. But to our pleasant relief the show was conducted in a manner which was informative and entertaining for a person who might know nothing about the dance form. It was a icing... More 

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