Kadathanadan Kalari & Navarasa Kathakali

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Kadathanadan Kalari & Navarasa Kathakali

Kadathanadan Kalari & Navarasa Kathakali
4.5
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Kalaripayattu - The oldest of martial arts-is a gift to the modern world and known as the mother of all martial arts. legend traces the 3000-year old art form to sage Parasurama-the master of all martial art forms and credited to be the re-claimer of Kerala from the Arabian Sea. Kalaripayattu originated in ancient south India.At Kadathanadan Kalari Centre ,Thekkady,this martial art is performed in kuzhikalari.A highly designed gallery has been built in such a way that the viewers will get a clear vision from a safer distance. KALARI DAILY SHOW : 6 pm to 7 pm KATHAKALI - is one of the oldest theater forms in the world. It originated in the area of southwestern India now known as the state of Kerala. Kathakali is a group presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. DAILY SHOW TIME - 5.pm to 6.pm & 7pm to 8.pm
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Deepti D
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Dec 2021
Looking for an educational cum exciting activity, then do visit the Kadathanadan center to watch the mind blowing kalaripayattu performance ( the oldest form of martial arts in the world) … my younger son has always been fascinated by this art form and was elated to know that we were going to see a live performance.. The Kadathanadan Center which has an arena surrounded by a viewing gallery. The Kalari artists were simply astounding in their feats and duels they performed. Special mention to Arti and Chiku Kadathanadan for their exemplary display of skills and prowess. The pièce de résistance was the ring of fire through which the performers jumped with absolute
dexterity and grace.. The show ended with an opportunity to get ourselves clicked with the super performers.

Next was the kathakali preformance,the traditional dance form of Kerala. Originating in the 17th century, it is an ancient art and one of the most challenging art forms as it uses extensive use of the facial muscles, movement of eyes and eyebrows to emote and convey the story. Accompanied by a narrator and a drummer, the artists came clad in their elaborate and colorful attires, masks and painted faces. The show started with ‘navarasa’ ( the 9 human emotions) and went on to depict a scene from Mahabharata. The entire was very graceful. Again a must watch.

Both kalaripayattu and Kathakali are also educational for children in knowing about the Indian heritage and it’s art forms. 5 stars to both the performances.
Written January 4, 2022
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sumiTRAVELogs i.e. Sumitra'sTravel Logs
Kolkata (Calcutta), India4 contributions
Apr 2021
When in Childhood I used to watch Kathakali Performance on Doordarshan I used to try moving my eyebrows and eye balls and then in April, 2021 when I got to see the performance live and the artists getting their make up done, OMG! I can't express my feelings.

Also got to know what NAVARSA means.

Also the oldest martial art Kalari, I would love to learn during my next visit to Thekkady, Kumily, Idukki, Kerala. I love my country!.
Written July 4, 2021
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Rahul2604
Muzaffarpur District, India29,059 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Was in Thekaddy last month and watched both Kathakali and Kalaripayatu show,both were well performed.
Kathakali is a classical dance reciting story of Mahabharata and Kalaripayatu is considered worlds oldest martial art.
They have show in evening,to get front row seats it’s suggested to book in advance.
At the end of show they offer to get photographs with the artist with small donations,do donate whatever you can,even small amount like 50 or 100 means lot to the artist.
Written March 15, 2021
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Ashish B
Navi Mumbai, India5 contributions
Feb 2021 • Friends
For those who are visiting Thekaddy, this is a must visit place. Outstanding performances!

Every day two shows in the evening. The artists take almost 3 hours to get ready.
Written February 1, 2021
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VargisGeorge
Kochi (Cochin), India31 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
A must visit. This place will surprise you. The show is excellent. Seeing our boys perform Kalaripayattu is really cool.
Written January 8, 2021
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Ramya
2 contributions
Jan 2020
we are from Singapore went there for our vacation we had great family time at Kerala but in Kalari show, we all totally disappointed because of the seating arrangement. those guys behaved so rudely. they won't suit for this position. they behaved like a Don. worst service I ever saw.
Written May 27, 2020
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Vaibhav Kulkarni
Mumbai, India25 contributions
Mar 2020
Kadathanadan Kalaripayattu had superb exhibition of traditional martial arts, be it spear fighting, knife or sword fighting, long jumping, fire jumping or just the athletics were super exciting to watch, each and every performer's body language, confidence and skill are worth watching.

Kathakali, the traditional art form where facial expression are the major part of this performance are worth a watch, I liked the part when facial expressions were expressed on beats of a drum, "The Mother putting sleeping Baby down" act also was a fun to watch and could relate it to the real life. Best part was when they call a person up on the stage and ask to imitate.

Over all a funfilled 2 hours.
Must watch when in Thekaddy, Kumily.
Written March 18, 2020
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J W
5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
First time ever we had a experience Kathakali dance its was so amazing too se
And the best one was Martials which was speechless they professional we just love it
Written February 25, 2020
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Lisa W
Worcestershire, UK236 contributions
Feb 2020
Kathakali is a "story play" genre of hindu performance art, distinguished by the elaborately colorful make-up, costumes and face masks that the dancers traditionally wear and featuring music, vocal performers, choreography and hand and facial gestures together to express ideas. We enjoyed the concept and traditionalism of this art which allowed to you to first of all, see the dancers applying their makeup and then being dressed, to the main event which has a little humour woven into it. Once the novelty wears of however it can be a little long winded.
The martial arts was extremely impressive, with men performing a host of daring stunts (including swords, fire) showcasing body control, flexibility and various forms of exercises.
Worth a visit!
Written February 24, 2020
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Khushi
Mumbai, India97 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Kalari martial arts was a totally worth and breath taking performance of 6 kalari performers. Kathakali performances were also a good experience as first timers in South but low on energy performance. Hence personal recommendation., Music lovers and traditional dance lovers, pls take up 5 to 6 show for kathakali instead of 7 to 8. And kalari ofcourse after kathakali, from 6 to 7 (only timing for the show)...

Must see in thekkady
Written February 19, 2020
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