Close to Our Arts!
Kathakali Performance - The Swan and the Princess (Selected scenes from Nalacharitham - Onnam Divasam)

18th Nov 2017 Saturday

In this edition of Neelambari’s signature experience “Close to our Arts” we will witness one of the most endearing episodes in Kathakali, from one of its most poetic tales, Nalacharitham. Hamsam - Damayanthi scenes in the first day (Onnam Divasam) of Nalacharitham enthralls laymen and connoisseurs alike. Hamsam (Golden Swan) is a messenger of love to the beautiful princess Damayanthi and the beautiful interaction between them involves wonder, humor, cajoling and declaration of her undying love for the King Nala.

Sadanam Bhasi as Hamsam and Haripriya Nampudiri as Damayanthi are both accomplished Kathakali artistes and are especially delightful in their respective roles. They would be accompanied by equally engaging performers in vocal and percussion.


  • 10.30 am - Thodayam, ritualistic dance enacted at the beginning of Kathakali
  • 11.30 am - Audio visual narration (in English) on Kathakali, Nalacharitham and the Hamsam - Damayanthi act in particular
  • 12.30 pm - Traditional Kerala lunch
  • 2.30 pm - Live demonstration and artiste interaction aimed at preparing audience for a better appreciation of the Kathakali performance to follow
  • 3.30 pm - Leisure time, we go for river boating, village walk or kayaking. Ayurveda massage can be arranged on prior request. Tea and snacks would be served. We will also have an exhibition of the mural works at Neelambari accompanied by a short mural workshop.

  • 5.30 pm - Melappadam, an ensemble preluding a Kathakali performance in which the percussion artistes and singers would showcase their prowess
  • 6.00 pm - Kathakali Performance, Nalacharitham Onnam Divasam, Hamsam - Damayanthi scene
  • 7.30 pm - Dinner, also an occasion for artiste interaction and discussions on the performance
  • 9.30 pm - Close of the day.


  • - Hamsam - Sri Sadanam Bhasi
  • - Damayanthi - Smt Haripriya Nampudiri
  • - Vocal - Kalamandalam Vinod
  • - Maddalam (Percussion) - Kalamandalam Hariharan
  • - Chenda - Kalamandalam Ravishankar
  • - Chutti, Koppu (make up and props) - Rangabhoosha
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  • - INR 3300/- per person plus 18% taxes
  • - INR 1200/- for children (age from 5 years to 16 years)

Note: All reservations can be cancelled 48 hours prior to start of the program with no penalty. Between 48 hours and 24 hours before the program, cancellation would incur 50% of the fees. No cancellation would be allowed less than 24 hours before start of the program.


  • - Lunch, dinner, evening tea and snacks
  • - Entry for all performances on the day
  • - One hour boat ride or use of kayak, subject to availability
  • - Village walk, mural workshop and other leisure activities organized by Neelambari on the day

Add ons (optional):

  • - Additional soft drinks or beverages
  • - Ayurveda massage, needs prior intimation
  • - Pick up and drop services at nominal rates
  • - If you are not comfortable with the ENglish presentation, we can arrange hand-outs in a language of your choice if you inform us beforehand