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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Bring a fan if you are temperature sensitive, and ear plugs if percussive, loud sounds are a problem. Try to sit in the front row and definitely go early to watch the makeup application.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the kathakali and also the instumental music. Run by experienced people and very patient in explaining in detail. Thoroughly enjoyed the performances

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

It's sad that a traditional dance form and one that is only found in Kerala now has to depend on foreigners to keep itself alive (at least that is what the Kathakali Centre's brochure implies). A very nice introduction to this "dying" dance form though the make-up portion took too long - I counted four people (of an audience of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Ive seen the classical sitar and table, and Indian classical dance, and they were both wonderful! Ive been 3 times and realy enoyed each one. Ive even gone with my make friends to the dance, they don't like dances but the loved this. The shows are an hourlong each. CLassical Indian dance every Saturday from 8pm and the table and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It was the most interesting cultural experience in the Kerala. However spectacle of Kathakali is adjusted to western tourist, still it is impressive and educative. Event is composed with three parts: 1) makeup of actors, 2) stand up of one actor with explanation of signification of different gestures; 3) spectacle which is part of one of indian epos (every day... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The place is tucked away amidst houses but it is a quaint yet classy theatre. The performance itself is wonderful, with a preceding demo for tourists before the actual 1 hour performance itself. It made my trip to Cochin worthwhile and the 600 rupees for two person was so worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was an enchanting and enriching experience. Recommend watching the make up being applied. The transformation is remarkable. The performers are remarkably disciplined and convey the stories with flair and passion.

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I enjoyed the evening! Great show well worth the money. Come early, an hour before the show and watch the actors applying their make-up. The program was exceptional well organized presented. The colors and music were amazing. Purchase your ticket at the theater/centre and save some money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Kathakali, kuchipudi, bharatnatyam and mohini-attam We watched these performances at the Kerala kathakali center. The performances are generally scheduled per the evenings. Authentic. Talented, passionate artists. The performances will leave you spell bound. The vocalists/ musicians in the background who from an integral part of the kathakali performance are also extremely skilled and performances are par excellence - intense and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Very unique experience, I've never seen anything like it. To my untrained eye the performers were very skilled - I was particularly impressed by the eye movements! After reading reviews on here we arrived 15 minutes before the performance to see thee end of the makeup. Very interesting, but I'm glad we didn't arrive at 5pm and have to sit... More

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