Cochin Cultural Centre
Cochin Cultural Centre
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5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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This is one of the pioneer centre for ethnic culture and traditions.
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Sangamam Manikath Road, Kochi (Cochin) 682016 India
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles72 reviews
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Marie C
Blandford Forum, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
I feel sorry for the reviewer who did not like the show. We were a group of 14 and everyone of us enjoyed the show enormously,the full make up can take 3 hours when we arrived they had applied about 70% of their makeup which is an art in itself as it is applied with a small stick mixing and using natural pigments the artistry is fascinating. The narration is in English telling Hindu legends.
It explains how they portray various emotions in the story using just facial expressions, the control for the rotation of the eyes takes several years to master using yoga technics. The training takes over 10 years they start when they are young boys. If you fascinated by India and its culture I am sure you will enjoy the show and the admire the artistry. It's starts about 6.30 we arrived about then. The centre is run on a budget where art is more important than the surroundings.
Written 5 April 2015
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK12,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
When in Keral, watching a Kathakali performance is a "must see" experience. Kathakali is one of the major forms of classical Indian dance. It is a 'story play' distinguished by elaborate costumes and face masks and colourful make-up. Arrive at the Cochin Cultural Centre early enough and you will see the actors applying their make-up. Each colour has a significance: red is for someone who has an evil streak; black for forest dwellers and hunters; a white beard signifies a divine being; yellow signifies a woman and green with lips painted brilliant coral red portrays noble characters and sages. During a performance the actors speak a sign language where words are expressed through hand signs, while emotions and mood are expressed through facial and eye movements. There are 24 main hand signs and 9 facial and eye movements. After the make-up has been applied comes the costuming (an art in itself) and the performance. All in all an extremely interesting experience and not to be missed.
Written 5 August 2019
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vikasm01
Stanford, CA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
This is a must visit place if you are in Cochin, Kerala. If you are a tourist visiting India and want to understand the basics of the Kathakali dance, and the basics of Indian dance and mudras in general, it is a cardinal sin to give this place a miss. As an Indian, who have watched several Kathakali performances all my life, I was surprised to find out how little I knew about Kathakali, and Indian dance moves in general, until I visited this place and watched a one hour educative performance.
Mr. Nedungadi, the director, and Mr. Krishna Kumar, their most acclaimed dancer, are a treat to talk to after the performance. They have dedicated their entire lives to this tradition of Kathakali, a dance than can take upwards of 15 years to master.
Written 18 March 2013
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Elaine and Garr... E
Jodhpur, India3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
My husband and I went to the Kathakali dance show, we either missed something or were unlucky on the night of the show that was put on as we cannot agree with the other reviews who thought it marvelous! We went early to watch the make up being applied, this was OK but ten minutes would have been enough. Next was 20 minutes listening to the drums being played so loudly that it gave me a head ache and people were putting their fingers in their ears to try and block out the awful sound. Then we watched one of the actors rolling his eyes for 20 minutes. Then came the singing by a very 'gay' looking guy which was worse then the drums...........by this time several people had got up and left but unfortunatly we couldn't as we were stuck in the middle of a row of seats. The final 'actual' play was OK, the cotumes were colourful and fortunatly it did not last to long!
Personally you couldn't pay me enough to go again!
Written 9 March 2012
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ShannyPayne
Canberra, Australia31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015
Never have I been so bored in my life. An hour of watching them put make up on, my dad fell asleep next to me and I felt I could've done the same.
Finally the actual performance started. We watched 20 minutes of one actor rolling his eyes all over the place, would've fallen asleep if it hadn't been for the loud drumming.
Next up was showing different emotions, just as boring the man scrunching up his face for 10 minutes.
Last part was two of them twirling around for a while.
I have never regretted going to something so much.
Maybe there was some deeper meaning which my unartistic head didn't appreciate.
I just feel obliged to put a review on here, seeing as they are all positive and if I had of seen something different I would've maybe rethought going.
Written 28 February 2015
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Qroam
Coimbatore, India70 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012 • Friends
Its a watchable one and nothing too impressive. Those who much interested in art can have good time. For casual goers its a bit of normal work. But its an unique travel experience.
Written 16 February 2013
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cnomis
Chorley, UK464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
go early to see the men putting their makeup on , they are very expressive with their eyes , and use their hands as a kind of sign language , chairs aren't that comfy , but a really enjoyable performance
Written 20 May 2020
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Explorer326025
Galway, Ireland89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
The best part of the makeup was watching the Japanese tourists. One lady wanted her face painted and it happened. The others watched it fell asleep.
The first part was about facial expressions as you can only wonder at the range possible. The second half was fantastic
Written 4 January 2017
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MAHENDRANATHAN
Seremban, Malaysia666 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
It took almost two hours for the entire show with the "Make Up" part of the Kathakali dancers alone taking almost 45 min. The make up part took too long and it soon became a bit boring as the performers were putting on their make up and we were just sitting there watching them do their thing.I presume the show is only for an hour but ticket holders are allowed in earlier to be given the opportunity to watch the performers put on their make up. It is worth watching as it is something everyone who has been to Kerala talks about.
Written 29 October 2016
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TomnJerry
Hyderabad, India137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
Absolutely fantastic program. This is a must see activity when in Kochi. The show is wonderful. the narration is very good. Loads of learning. learnt about the face expressions and non verbal gestures. This is about the dance art form which has two parts - a story & a dance.
Written 15 October 2015
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