Friday, January 31, 2020

Cochin Cultural Centre

Cochin Cultural Centre is located in Sangamam, Manikath Road, Ernakulam. It is a centre founded by Sukumaran Nedungadi in 1978 where importance is given to several art and dance forms originating in Kerala especially Kathakali. Apart from Kathakali, traditional art forms like Theyyam, Mohiniyattam, Keli, Oottamthullal, Thiruvathirakali, Oppana, Margam kali, Kalaripayattu etc are also played. Kathakali is one of the must-watch classical dances originating in Kerala. Heavy and sophisticated makeup and costumes are put on by the artists who perform acts from Hindu texts that portray gods, demons and several other mythical beings. If you can make sure to reach the venue around one hour before the starting of the play, one can also witness the backstage makeup process which is a grand play in itself and watch the amazing transformations of the artists. Each colour in Kathakali portrays different roles like the most popular green painted face with bright red lips represent a noble person. Women characters are often painted yellow in the face. Hunters are tribal people are often represented using the colour black. Red is often used for the demons. So if one could understand these small details, the play would be more enjoyable. Pamphlets may be handed out in the beginning and a short description of the play are announced before the start of the play so that the non-native audience can also understand the act since the entire act does not have any dialogues. With the use of hand gestures and facial expressions the story in conveyed hence it becomes really important to pay attention to every detail in order to enjoy the act completely.


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