Where to watch Kathakali performance in Kochi?
Kathakali, the classical dance drama is quite popular amongst the tourists and locals in Kochi / Cochin. There are many art centers who organize Kathakali performance on a daily basis. However, it’s important that you go to an established and reputed center. I have a bad experience once. Without taking the name of the center, the dingy auditorium coupled with a Malayalam accented English speaking narrator, I was ready to sleep!
Since, a layman totally depends on the narrator to understand the various gestures and facial expressions of the artist; the role hence played by the storyteller becomes very important. I am giving you here, names of two centers that you can surely go to…
Cochin Cultural Centre: they conduct shows everyday at 6:30 pm. However you can go at 5:30 pm and watch the make-up of the larger than life characters. To say the least it’s a treat for shutterbugs! The eloquent storyteller takes you through the story play of the day before the performance; so it’s easy to connect during the show. For more details log on to www.cochinculturalcentre.com
Greenix art village at Fort Kochi promote Kerala’s varied art forms under one roof. They have performances like Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Kalaripayattu, Theyyam, Koodiyattam, and Ottanthullal besides other dance forms. It is also a destination for those who are interested in studying history as it houses a museum where they conduct audio-visual culture shows everyday. For more details log on to http://www.greenix.in/