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Cochin Cultural Centre
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Kochi Evening Excursion: Kathakali Dance Show including Dinner and Hotel...
Ranked #53 of 190 things to do in Kochi (Cochin)
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Owner description: This is one of the pioneer centre for ethnic culture and traditions.
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We originally went to see the Kalaripayattu - the martial arts demonstration - but didn't think to book ahead and found it booked up.

Instead, we took in the Kaleidoscope Keral, a mixed performance of a number of historic Keralan arts. The commentary was clear and very informative, and the performers clearly dedicated to their particular areas. There were some problems with the audio tracks, but the dancers remained professional and continued regardless.

It's only a personal view, but I found the Kathakali baffling - an odd mix of pantomime dames and gurning - but then I've never got the point of opera either.

The kalaripayattu didn't disappoint, and the Theyyam finale was brilliant. Much to commend, well worth a look-see.

Tip : If you get there early, try out the Dosas and Pancakes café at the entrance. A lovely place, and the aloo dosa is excellent.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We went there recently and it was a great experience to witness dance Kathakali from Kerala.
We had our guide and he explained us about the dance and various gestures.

1  Thank Manu R
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Parts of this show were very entertaining, and the costumes were impressive. Parts of it seemed to last forever. If you want to pay extra, you can see one or two of the actors put on their makeup, which takes an hour. It was way too long to sit and watch, especially given that the folding chairs were uncomfortable and only two of the twelve air conditioners were functioning. With a room full of people on a warm evening, the theater was stifling. We asked the staff to turn on the air conditioning, but they said it had not been working for months. I think learning about ancient theater traditions is a positive cultural experience, but given the packed to capacity crowds this draws, the Cultural Center needs to funnel some of the profits into improving the facility and beefing up the features of the program.

1  Thank Sandy N
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Im not usually into this sort of thing, but it was part of our package tour. We went for the make up session which runs prior to the show. We arrived at 5.30pm and saw just half an hour of the making up demonstation. I personally think this would be long enough for most people. The show subsequently began which started with demonstrations of the facial, eye movements and acting interpretations.. Doesn't sound much but i found this absolutely fascinating. Once we were fully aware of what we were about to see, they story began. I was fascinated to see such talent and such drama. The show was performed in such an intimate theatre, and made the experience so much more enjoyable. For me the Kathakali, is the face of India and a truly memorable experience.

1  Thank Honestandbalanced87
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

This show was on our organised tour itinerary. I have seen other similar things in other countries and not been altogether impressed but was pleasantly surprised that I actually quite enjoyed this one. Best not to arrive too early and the first part of the show is just sitting watching the performers applying their make up which is fine for 10 mins or so then gets a bit boring. The show itself is very good. The facial expressions have to be seen to be believed!
Top tip, try to use the loo at your hotel before you come as the ones here are not too pleasant!

1  Thank trevorf28
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