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“Authentic Keralan dancing” 5 of 5 stars
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Kathakali
Puthencavu | Chengannur, Alappuzha, India
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Ranked #5 of 42 things to do in Alappuzha
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“Authentic Keralan dancing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Spent an evening watching how the artists put on the makeup and getting dressed - such a long process. Worth it to watch the performance

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

The introduction before the performance is essential for people who are not familiar with this type of theatre.We also saw how long time it takes to paint the actors and how complicated it is. The performance may seem a bit monotone, but when you watch the the eyes- and facial movements closely, you get a better understanding of the plot.

Visited March 2012
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“The theatre of theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Arriving early to watch the actors transform in to their characters with traditional make-up is part of the evening but you perhaps don't need to arrive a full hour in advance as your seats are booked and the hall is very hot.
They then proceed to explain how the characters portray emotions before taking you through a small part of a very very long story.

It was a fun experience.

Visited January 2013
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“@ Munnar”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

It was the most boring 1 hour in Kerala. The artist can do much better then what was acted. The theme was boring too. Infact, we actually left in between. The expressions were scary. Kathakali is a renowned art. It is supposedly done with grace but it surely lacked

Visited January 2013
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“Enthralling dance. Can be bit exhausting if you dont understand the story behind it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Kerala Travel Centre had included a visit to a dance centre to see the Kathakali dance performance, during our stay in Cochin. We were very enthralled by the dance and the performers. However it can get a little long drawn if you dont understand the story behind it.

Visited January 2013
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