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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