Kathakali, the classical dance drama of Kerala, is a highly stylized art. Rigorous training for years is required to master this art form. The training is given in the ancient Gurukula system in which the students and teacher stay in the same campus.
Making the body supple is an important part. Oil massages and separate exercises for eyes, lips, cheeks, mouth and neck are given.
Kerala Kalamandalam in Thrissur district, Margi in Thiruvananthapuram, Gandhi Seva Sadan in Palakkad and PSV Natyasangham in Kottakkal are some renowned institutions where Kathakali is taught.