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“Nice introduction to Kathakali & Kalari”

Punarjani Traditional Village
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Thane - West
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Nice introduction to Kathakali & Kalari”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

If you are in Kerala, viewing a Kathakali ( traditional dance form)and Kalari ( Kerala's very own martial art) show is must. Punarjani is a good place to watch both. They charge Rs 200/- per show and Rs 50 for a camera. Do visit this place

Visited November 2013
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“Extremely Overrated”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

We were 4 gals on a wonderful holiday in Munnar and this evening of authentic Kerala culture was suggested to us by our resort. I would not recommend it to anyone who has some knowledge of Indian classical dance in general and Kathakali in particular. I am not too sure if it was meant to be some kind of titillating soft porn with a rather evocative background image and performers who were barely involved in their characters, outfits that looked old stained and ragged and one dancer who was clearly a bit of a lech! The Kalaripayattu was definitely better and some of the younger boys put on a great show. However in all it felt very much like a " show" put on to please an ignorant audience. Worth a miss and definitely never to be repeated! It might be worth the while for some resort to employ good Katahkali performers for a workshop style performance that might be more interesting for an audience who really want to know about Kerala culture.

Visited October 2013
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“Kerala Martial Arts - Kalaripayattu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

It was brilliant. 200 rupees per person ticket was totally worth it. The show starts from 6:00pm in the evening and runs for 1 hour. They show several fight sequence which are really intense. We enjoyed thoroughly. We visited there in Diwali evening.

Visited November 2013
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“Excellent performances, but infra can improve”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

The Punarjani traditional village is located about 8 kms from Munnar town (before the town) and has 2 shows - Kathakali (classical dance) and Kalarippayattu (martial arts). The cost of the tickets are INR 200 per head, per show. While it might seem pricey at the beginning, its money well spent as one gets treated to an enchanting display of traditional culture of Kerala.

The dance performance is generally first and they do a fine job of educating the audience into various facial expressions. The artist on stage also involves the audience once in a while and that makes it interesting. This crash course also helps us follow the story in the play. The final play is also very good. The artists do a great job with the expressions and leave us spell bound. Some things that can improve are - The clothes of the characters which looked pretty worn out and just calculating the money there guys make, am surprised they are not upgrading themselves. The second is the sitting arrangement and the overall infra, which also needs improvement.

Post the dance performance is the martial arts display. This is the only know form of Indian martial arts and right through the performance one gets to hear the gasps from the audience as the artists go about displaying some amazing techniques along with superior skills.

If one is in Munnar, this is a must do and I strongly recommend doing both and not just one. At the end of it, trust me, its money well spent.

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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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“Excellent tradition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

Punarjani is excellent. They have re-lived the past with gusto. the Kathakali with narration is enjoyable and the kalaripayattu is good to see. these dying arts are surviving on IV Fuilds. It is high time that the State Govt. make sincere efforts to make it alive forever so that the rich cultural heritage of the state as also the country are preserve, propagated and nurtured for generations so that the younger generations should feel proud of their glorious past.

Visited October 2013
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