Kathakali

#1 Jan 22nd, 2012, 05:02
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Hey India Mike,

Anyone been to a Kathakali play, maybe even an all night one? Would be cool to catch one in Kerala, but not an overly touristy one...even though I am most certainly a tourist.

Sometimes I can get really into certain plays. I watched a Kurusawa remake of Macbeth but melded with the Noh theater style of Japan. It was a captivating and incredible film. Perhaps things like this are on offer in Kochi?

What do you folks think?

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I tried several searches for Kathakali here on india mike and turned up nothing. However after posting this I noticed all the similar threads coming up in the 'similar threads column'. I don't want to appear lazy...I really did look for old threads on this topic.
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The tourist demonstrations get rather boring after the first one or two. They are very repetitious; it doesn't seem to occur to the performers that people might have seen the same thing in a different hotel a couple of days before. On the other hand, you might have the opportunity to watch the preparation and the amazing makeup.

I have never been to a "proper" temple performance. One day, perhaps! I've seen performances given by touring troupes in UK: this was a much better experience than the short tourist demos in Kerala. Not at all sure I could sit through an entire night of kathakalli --- but maybe people can come and go as they please anyway.
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You could check with them.
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It's been ages (well, two decades) since I saw the well-known tourist performance in Cochin. I see some people here finding even that too much; however I much enjoyed it.

If I could handle a full all-night performance, don't know; nor if they are easy to come by. (I would indeed reckon it's a walk in & out and doze off as you please kind of thing, but I obviously can't say.) As they explain to you with that performance, all the gestures and expressions and so on are a language in themselves, I'm sure the entire story would be lost on me anyway. (I guess being into Hindu religious mythology more than I am might help, I think it's some of the classic great epics that get depicted.)

Have a look at http://www.keralatourism.org/trainingcentres/, though I think that is indeed more about training centers, but some might also host performances. Or just hit that Cochin show then, there's nothing against it, and certainly not as an introduction.

There's a tourism office btw pretty centrally located near the waterside in Ernakulam, Cochin's mainland side; never spoke to them so can't say how helpful, but you might enquire here about other possibilities.
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Do you mean the Cochin Cultural Centre? Probably still the same thing as as is around now, twenty years later.

It would be a good introduction. It would also be a good place to find out where to go if wanting to go for a deeper experience.

As to watching it for hours, I'd say, love it or hate it, it is too dramatic to be boring. Most Indian dance forms that I have seen are either dramatic or beautiful, and it isn't necessary to understand the story to appreciate at that level, especially when it is all new.
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If you are visiting in the next couple of months (festival season in most temples), you stand a good chance of watching one in a temple festival.
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Originally Posted by Darklord View Post If you are visiting in the next couple of months (festival season in most temples), you stand a good chance of watching one in a temple festival.
I will be in Kerala nearing the end of February, so hopefully I can catch a temple performance.

However, if the main tourist performance is all I can catch, then it will have to do. I was skyping with an India traveler and she was saying that she had to travel deep into the western ghats to find a temple performance, and as such, ended up being the only traveler at the temple.
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In my local temple, the kathakali performance audiance normally consists of:
1. The PA/electrical system operator.
2. The temple official in charge.
3. The policeman on duty.

Apart from the Goddess herself, of course .
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That is very, very sad.
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True and very demeaning to the artists, I suppose.
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Originally Posted by Darklord View Post In my local temple, the kathakali performance audiance normally consists of:
1. The PA/electrical system operator.
2. The temple official in charge.
3. The policeman on duty.

Apart from the Goddess herself, of course .
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post That is very, very sad.
I think its hard for the more traditional arts/cultural beliefs to find audience in the modern commercial world.
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CalebJ,

I know you are asking about Kathakali, but you might find this thread interesting:
http://www.indiamike.com/india/off-t...eyond-t155665/

A few years ago, visiting Cochin, I attended the Kathakali performance at the Arts Centre, and found it fascinating. It was the first (and only) performance I have witnessed.

You might ask IndiaMiker Robinn ("Royalrider") about Kathakali (and theyyam).
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post CalebJ,

I know you are asking about Kathakali, but you might find this thread interesting:
http://www.indiamike.com/india/off-t...eyond-t155665/

A few years ago, visiting Cochin, I attended the Kathakali performance at the Arts Centre, and found it fascinating. It was the first (and only) performance I have witnessed.

You might ask IndiaMiker Robinn ("Royalrider") about Kathakali (and theyyam).
Thank you. I read with relish and fully enjoyed that trip report. Exactly what I was looking for.
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Originally Posted by Darklord View Post In my local temple, the kathakali performance audiance normally consists of:
1. The PA/electrical system operator.
2. The temple official in charge.
3. The policeman on duty.

Apart from the Goddess herself, of course .
Darklord,

I creeped your India Mike post history and found a thread with this link in it.

http://www.vengara.com/theyyam/theyyamcalendar.htm

It's not Kathakali, but Theyyam. Should come in handy for others if this thread is floating at the top of the Kerala forum.

I am not sure if India Mike has rules on posting links to external sites, but I went for it anyway, sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes.

Credit for the link goes to India Mike member sreejith.

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