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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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A Cultural Jewel

There is only one thing I can say: Make this a priority for a trip to Kochin. Daily performances in martial arts, Kathakali Theatre and classical music are simply outstanding... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

There is only one thing I can say: Make this a priority for a trip to Kochin. Daily performances in martial arts, Kathakali Theatre and classical music are simply outstanding quality. We were in Kochin for 7 days and visited for a new performance each day. A highlight of our visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This show was such an experience. The costumes are amazing as is the make up session that takes place before the show. It is air conditioned in the theatre which makes the experience all the better. A definite must see!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Kathakali Dance Theatre: the excitement of seeing the characteristics of the three main figures gradually emerge as the actors carefully painted and glued on layer upon layer of the elaborate and intricate makeup; the demonstration of the different stylised facial expressions and gestures, and their meanings - and then the music and performance... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This was a very unusual dance show, just two dancers and a drummer, mainly using their eyes to tell the story. Well worth a visit, you will not see this anywhere else.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Well worth seeing. You will see the adds all over Kerala. These will make a lot more sense after seeing the show.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We saw the make up, and preliminaries which added to an understanding of the actual performance. Such dedication and energy. Brilliant performaers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This was such a great experience. we saw the artists putting their intricate makeup on, which was fascinating in itself, and the actual show was fantastic. The expressiveness of the dancers is amazing. It takes years to train in the art and I'm not surprised! Would recommend to anyone who wants a flavour of the culture

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

what a brilliant show, very eerie and dark but so entertaining. the makeup looks fantastic and the costumes were mind blowing definitely worth a go as the culture of storytelling is a remarkable thing to witness

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Watched Kalaripayattu there. Started late, took many long breaks in between. Only 2 guys showing an awesome talent, no doubt. But efforts are required to make it more interesting. Absence of music in the background, made it boring during the breaks. Would suggest watching Kathakali instead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The dancers and artist did their make-up openly in the presence of the audience while Sujee explained how dyes of different colours are extracted from natural products and used. There was also an explanation of the various eye movements and body gestures before the actual show commenced. The make-up and explanations took about 90 minutes and this was very crucial... More 

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