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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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Really interesting but rather long and really loud.

Fascinating and insightful display of culture and tradition. I especially enjoyed the make up application before the beginning of the show. It definitely dragged on for a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Fascinating and insightful display of culture and tradition. I especially enjoyed the make up application before the beginning of the show. It definitely dragged on for a little too long though and be warned when sitting right at the front - your ears will ring for some time after owing to the amazing noise made on stage!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I appreciate I may be out of step with many others here but I thought this was really poor. It does exactly what it says it does but who wants to sit in a room watching three guys painting their faces for an hour and a half! Ten to fifteen minutes to get the idea would be more than enough.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Go and see this, it makes for an interesting evening. The whole play was performed using only hand and eye movements. Very colourful costumes and if you go before the play starts you can watch the artists having their make up applied. Reasonably priced tickets too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

A very nice performance. Percussion instruments were a little hard on the ears, but the before-hand make-up part is a must see, very interesting!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Comprehensive background , explanation & demonstration of this dance form.2 dancers spent an hour applying the make-up with an extraordinary result. Dance very professional.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

There is no doubt we would have not understood an entire Kathakali performance - or wished to stay for a performance that went on for hours and hours So the opportunity to see the application of the makeup, the demonstration of the facial expressions and the excerpt of a show were an ideal introduction to this phenomenally complex art form... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I went to the theatre and learned about the language to tell stories with eyes and hands from the Ramajana. Before they shoowed the make up. It is a tourist attraction, but facinating. As well they inmornings have sound meditation. Other times there are traditional music.. - If you are iterested in soe of those kinds this is a good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This was definitely a tourist attraction, but a very good one. It provided an introduction to this Kerala dance tradition, including a chance to watch the intricate make-up application, and a narrated demonstration of how different emotions are communicated before showing a shortened version of a performance. I loved this, but beware that many audience members were very rude during... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Attending at least one performance at this centre is a MUST DO experience while in Fort Kochi! We attended the martial arts performance, the kathakhali, and the live music all on the same evening, and enjoyed every minute of it. It’s a shame that so many tourists seem to pass up the martial arts and live music performances…they were both... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Honestly Kathakali as an art form is really slow for me but the centre did a lovely job of explaining the art form and expressions. I appreciate the effort put in and I am glad I went but probably won't do it again

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