Punarjani Traditional Village – Enjoy KathakaliPunarjani Traditional Village is a performing art theatre in Munnar in Kerala. And if you are still wondering about what to do in Munnar, then watching a Kathakali performance here is one of the fun things to do in Munnar at night. Enjoy the true essence of South India through this dance and musical performance. It is definitely one exciting activity to be a part of when in Munnar.
￼I was 5 minutes late to the make-up session of Kathakali and couldn't get a chance to click pictures while artists painted their face with makeup. After lighting the lamp, the Kathakali show started with an initial introduction to the art. An actor in the costume of a lady showed the 9 different expressions also known as Navarasa. We were spellbound to see each of the expression coming to life even without uttering a single word and just following the beats made by Chende (a traditional drum).
The Punarjani Traditional Village offers daily demonstrations of the ancient Kerala martial arts of Kalaripayattu and the famous dance form of Kathakali. Both performances are well orchestrated. The Kathakali dance demonstration is from 5 pm to 6 pm, followed by Kathakali martial arts from 6 pm to 7 pm. Tickets for each demonstration, either Kathakali or Kalari, are priced at Rs.300, Rs.200 and Rs.250 per person.