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Unfortunately, flash was prohibited, so pictures are lower quality. I sat down in first row (because I bought the ticket one day in advance, ha!) in completely full theatre next to my hotel. The show began and I was hypnotized. The actor was amazing - moving his face so fast I could barely breathe. I think they all did a great jog. Actors have to remember all the gestures, dance and sing all at the same time with heavy costumes on. I was a bit sad when a German couple almost fell asleep next to me. I guess they were not very into art. However, I stayed for a while after the show to talk to one of the performancers. He could speak Slovak! Ok, I'm exaggerating a bit, but he basically said "How are you" in my native language, which was a nice change after 2 weeks of explaining to Indians where my country is. He complained about lack of money from the government and lack of attention from Indians as well. I was invited to another performance the following day - traditional martial art of Kerala called Kalaripayttu, which was then cancelled - I guess there were not enough visitors.
If you visit Kerala, make sure you go see Kathakali show and Kalaripayttu. Performances are every evening and it's a really a must-see. It's nice to sit down and be entertained after all day tours, right?