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Kerala Kathakali Centre

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Address: near Santa Cruz Basilica | K.B. Jacob Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India
Phone Number: 484 2215827
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Worth visiting..(don't take kids, if possible)

Initially I was intrigued and it was great to know the huge amount of effort that's needed to put on a Kathakali show. But my kid(4 year old) got very restless, since the prep... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Initially I was intrigued and it was great to know the huge amount of effort that's needed to put on a Kathakali show. But my kid(4 year old) got very restless, since the prep time was too long. We did enjoy the show at the end...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

From watching artists apply make-up to enjoying the actual performance, this is a great experience to appreciate some of India's cultural heritage. Well worth attending.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I really enjoyed the kathakali show here put up by the artists. It was great to know that they study this dance form for 6 years including makeup, expressions, dance, and more. Before dance it takes more than 1 hour to get the make up done as it is complex and worth to see everything of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

For me this was really good, a fantastic cultural delight and window into history. The visual experience, singing and drumming are all very impressive.

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Nepal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We visited the centre on several occasions to to learn about the culture of Kerala. We participated in early morning yoga, tabla drumming lesson and martial arts (kalarippayattu) training. Each session was very interesting, but the best would have to be the martial arts training! Our instructors were very professional and not only taught us different moves but spoke about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This place popularize and encourage the classical arts of Kerala. I loved the interior and decorations they used. Amazing piece of art they keep. Their classical dances and the instrumental music was so beautiful. You need find a local guide or the master to translate the stories. I found a local auto rickshaw guy to help me out with these.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Very, very interesting art form rooting to asian drama performance arts. The actors were very good and the overall performance is thought for a better understanding of Kathakali.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The concept of showcasing the make up, explaining the nuances of the dance form and then having a short cameo is wonderful and well executed. Perhaps the make up in front of the audience could be shortened a bit with more time for the demonstration. Overall a very sincere earnest endeavour.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We went for a kathakali show in the evening and really enjoyed the explanations and chance to see the make-up process. They provide an explanation of the story being performed and do a demonstration of kathakali techniques first, so it's relatively easy to follow for tourists. I love theater at home but know next to nothing about ritual theater in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I visited the Kathakali Centre for 2 shows. The first, Kathakali, was colorful and had great costumes, but I couldn't understand the commentary so didn't really know what it was all about. The second show was Kalarippayattu, a choreographed martial arts performance which was very good. Exciting, well rehearsed acts in fighting and gymnastic skill, with weapons and fire, kept... More 

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