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The Women of Kathakali


Kathakali (literally translated as story-play) is a highly stylised classical drama which evolved to its present form sometime in the 16th-17th Century CE, around the same time that Shakespeare was writing his plays in London. Kathakali had been an all-male art form with even the parts of the women characters being portrayed by men. Although Kerala is known for its high matrilineal lineage and high literacy rates, entry barriers for women into the arts were high. On this tour we meet women Kathakali artistes who excelled in this performing art; they also made quite a name for themselves in so doing and also set an example for other women. This is not all of it; they were distinguished enough in their craft to win the medal of honour from the President of India in 2017. During our interactions, they will share with us their inspiring journey, and throw some light on the different elements of the performing art. The interaction ends with a brief show-and-tell session.

* Exclusive experience can be arranged at a special price.

Why you will love it

  • Exclusive interaction with award-winning Women Kathakali artiste(s).
  • Great story of how women empowerment through the Arts.
  • Interactive show-and-tell session

What you will experience

This unique tour offers an opportunity to meet Kerala’s traditional women Kathakali artiste(s) in an informal setting. Though they may not be attired in the beautiful costume of the dance or wearing their elaborate make-up,  you will learn all about Kerala's traditional performing art, Kathakali; you will also get deep insights into their journey as women artists in an all-male art form. The fun part is that you won’t be just a guest; you will also be encouraged to participate in the show-and-tell demonstration! We will then visit an off-beat suburb of Kochi, not much frequented much by tourists. During high tea, we will enjoy some traditional Kerala snacks.

On Request | 1.5 hours | Cultural Tours


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