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Kerala Kathakali Centre

near Santa Cruz Basilica | K.B. Jacob Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
484 2215827
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new delhi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

While on a visit to Kerala with family we had a chance to visit this place and were expecting a fantastic performance considering the fact that this Kathakali dance is native to Kerala. We have had seen such performances on TV and were aware of the intricacies. However we were very disappointed with the performance. Infact one of the hotel... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We followed the advice of other reviewers and went to watch make up being applied. This was a mistake, as this took as long as the entire performance. However, this art form is unique and something everyone coming to Kerala should see, so I would advise you to only come 15 or so minutes before the show to see the... More

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Burnie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Take the time to arrive early and watch the makeup applied - it is the only way to truly appreciate the art. Fascinating.

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Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A great show detailing some ancient,mythical/traditional/religious stories. Very colourful and exciting but take note of the explanations of hand, body and eye movements beforehand to fully appreciate the main story. Get there early to watch the make-up session on stage - an hour or a little less should be sufficient - before the storytelling starts. Try to book the front... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A wonderful performance of Kathakali. Must see cultural experience when in Kerala. The make-up and costumes are as much a part of the show as the performance, and watching the make-up application before the show is worth the time.

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Jodhpur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The performance includes watching the makeup applications of the performers pre - show and this is interesting but you only need to watch this for say 1/2 hr not the full hour sometimes suggested. The explanations provided before the show also add to an understanding of the performances. Great costumes and engaging performance .

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Kathakali is perhaps not for everyone. They take their time, and even the make up sessions can be long. But the dance itself is spectacular, and the costumes are brilliant. The form itself is best described as a dance drama without dialogue, and the dancers rely entirely on gestures and facial expressions. They do a great job.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The explanation of the different emotions and how they are performed and also the background to the art form was very useful. They allow you to view the artists do their make-up which is an elaborate process and kids, especially girls love to see it. The performance was good interspersed with some humour too.

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Nantes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

it's nice to see because it's traditionnal, but be carefull with the price ^^, it depens of the theater but normally it like 250rs.

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Isla Chiloe, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We had the opportunity to see the actors making-up and some traditionnal dances and music. Nice show even if there were only a few people attending.

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