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Arts & Entertainment

Shree Karthika Thirunal Theatre (alongside Lucia Continental Hotel; tel. 0471/247-1335), in Trivandrum's Fort district, holds regular classical dance-theater performances (mostly Karnatic, but also Hindustani) throughout the year. The theater has its own company but hosts outside groups showcasing various genres, including Kathakali, Mohiniattam, and Bharatanatyam.

You can observe Kalaripayattu martial arts classes, and even arrange special performances or lecture demonstrations, through C.V.N. Kalari (East Fort, Trivandrum; tel. 0471/247-4182; www.cvnkalarikerala.com). Established in 1956, this institution has represented India at numerous international festivals.

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