The Navarasa Kathakali Centre is the one which is famous for performing Kalaripayattu martial arts and representing unique culture of Kerala. There is 1 show that takes place two times in the evening. Originated primarily in South India, the martial art presents the sophisticated world. To be believed, the centre is 3000 year old art form.
Navarasa Kathakali Centre is the best place in Kerala for seeing traditional art forms of the place. Anyone interested in culture will surely find this place interesting. The centre is made not only for the entertaining purpose but also to teach everyone about the unique techniques of performing martial arts and self defense. The activity takes place in a well designed spacious gallery with the clear vision of performing in a right manner.
Kathakali is known as the classical dance of Kerala which is famous as ‘story play’ in Malayalam. It tells tales from Indian epics and a dance style is a mixture of art, literature, performance, music, dance, acting etc. It is not only the dance drama but a devotion that shows a true fight between good and evil.
The makeup done by the artists is elaborated. The makeup materials done are available locally. The red stuff is made from Vermilion while the white stuff is made from rice flour. The colors are not only decorated but also show the real characters of the artists. For example, red color is used to symbolize evil character. Each character of the show is recognized by their costume, role they portray or the color.
Karalipayattu is known the best as a traditional martial art form of Kerala which is for the entertainment purpose in Navarasa Kathakali Centre and can be enjoyed by the audience. This is one of the oldest forms in India which is more famous in South India. The place is one of those places in Kerala where you can enjoy Kathakali at its best. The lightning and music of the show will take your breath away. Tickets are always available to buy on the box office. In the end, you also get the opportunity to hold the weapons along with the different things and you can click pictures along with it.
The show is recommended for both the locals as well as foreigners who visit here as they’ll never get to see such entertainment anywhere else.
Pros of visiting the centre:
- Camera is allowed to take so you can click pictures
- Everything will be explained/narrated in English
- You get the opportunity to join the artists at the time of stunts
Cons of visiting the centre:
- You might get bored if you don’t like culture or tradition
- Timings might get difficult to adjust because of other plans in the evening
Address: Thekkady Road, Kummily, Thekkady – Periyar, Navarasa Kathakali Centre, Thekkady 685509, India