Kathakali Faces Hang Around at LuLu Mall, Ernakulam

Kathakali face cutouts hung on display at the LuLu Mall in Ernakulam (Kochi), Kerala during the Onam festival season like all mall interiors are decorated. Along with Onam, Snake Boats etc., Kathakali and its faces are among the strongest cultural synonyms and representative images (and tourist attractions) of Kerala. Kathakali is a world-famous art form that originated and is practiced in Kerala, a kind of dramatized dancing usually depicting stories from the Mahabharata performed by actors wearing highly stylized makeup, elaborate headgear, and costumes that are often a riot of colors. The end result of this makeup generally looks like the faces in this picture.

Interiors of the Kochi Central Mall, Ernakulam

How the new Kochi Central Mall on MG Road, Ernakulam looks like from the inside. The interiors are very upscale, very clean and well spaced out, in all very tastefully done with colors everywhere as you can see in this photo. This picture was taken from the first floor above the entrance. The foot court with its lighted roof is at the top. The interior layout of the mall vaguely reminds one of The Forum, Koramangala, Bangalore. A mall like would have been unimaginable in Kerala a decade back, when yours truly was strutting around the city, hoping there was something else than the Marine Drive and some juice parlors to hang out. Today’s kids are lucky.

Interiors of the Lulu Mall, Ernakulam.

A picture of the interiors of the Lulu International Shopping Mall at Idapalli, Ernakulam, Kerala, as seen towards the entrance. This is the second largest shopping mall in India by size. The mall is owned by the EMKE Group headquartered at Abu Dhabi, UAE. Lulu Mall Ernakulam is one of the most luxurious, appointed and well-laid out malls I have ever seen in India, with hardly any detail being left out. It is also the first “real” mall to open in Kerala, traditionally opposed to such shows of wealth, “modernity” and consumerism. But times are a changing.