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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

The first hour demonstrates how the wonderful iconic face make up is done. Fascinating to see although it takes an hour. Yu could miss the first 20 minutes or so as the interesting bit is the white chin lips. The dance is less of a dance and more of a stylised face movement - could be described as 2 guys... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

The make-up beforehand and the demonstration (eye movements!!) in the first part of the performance should not be missed. But the passion and drive that typify the performance are also reflected in the way the drums are pounded. In an open temple environment this is probably functional, but in this tiny theatre it is almost deafening. Many older visitors and... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Authentic kathakali centre. Enjoyed it a lot. We only went to the compact show, but had a great time.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Brilliant show we watched the first hour how they do their make up then got the demonstration on the sign language of all the movements as they don't speak !!!

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you want to experience Keralan traditional culture, whether singing, music, dance or a combination of all three, do visit the Kerala Kathakali Centre & support local performance artists. They put on a wide variety of performances. You won't be disappointed.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The comprehensive explanation about the art of Kathakali followed by the show which was fascinating and very enjoyable. We watched the performers put on their make up which is very intricate and takes almost as long as the show. If you have not seen it before, it is well worth going to see.

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Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Interesting watching the performers do make up before the show. Like all of the stautes and art work displayed. Took some photograph. Show was good, worth going to see.

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a pure tourist place, however for someone like me who doesn't speak Malayalam it was a good way to see kathakali and actually understand what was going on. It was nice to have an explanation of and demonstration of the various elements of kathakali, and the make up and performance was cool. I even got to have a... More

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Kathakali is like nothing you (if you are not a student of Indian theater/dance/music) have seen before, and it is well worth the relatively small admission fee and time. Many homestays and hotels will arrange tickets for you. First off, be sure to bring the street address of the Centre as it is down an alleyway and we had to... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Kathakali is a group traditional performance based on the Hindu mythology the Ramayana & Mahabharata which we might have come across in our history books. The artists are highly skilled and undergo stringent and complex training in literature ,facial expression , makeup, music ,acting and dancing. The dancers wear large head dresses, extraordinary costumes and elaborate make up. The faces... More

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