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HOME | Folk Music & Dance

FOLK MUSIC & DANCE

Theyyam
Theyyam is one of the most outstanding folk arts of Kerala and has its origin in the northern parts of the state. Also called Thirayattam, (because every thira or village performed this ritualistic art at the village temple) this primitive ritualisic art demands long hours preparation before the performance. More..........


Cherumarkali
It is a harvest dance in which the dancers, both men and women move in a swift rhythm, linked in a back lock or holding arms. The costumes are in striking red and white. More..........


Kaalavela
It is a spectacular procession of huge, gaudily decorated motifs of bulls (kaala.).More..........


Kalampattu
It is another folk art form that belongs to the northern regions of Kerala. This art form which is over 600years old is performed by a group of five to fifteen people in Bhadrakali and Ayyappa temples. The rituals is performed around the kolam -an elaborate picture, usually of Bhadrakali, drawn on the floor, using five colours. More..........


Kalaripayattu
It is the comprehensive system of martial arts if Kerala, regarded as one of the oldest and most scientific in the world. Kalaripayattu training aims at the ultimate co-ordination of mind and body.
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Kaliyoottu
It is an eight day long colourful folk ritual which re-enacts the combat between goddess Durga and the demon Darika. The ritual is performed in different stages.
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Kanniyarkali
It is a ritual art and a swift dance form, performed to the accompaniment of devotional folk songs and the resounding drum beats is usually performed in Bhagavathy temples. More..........



Kavadiyattam
It is a ritual dance offering in Subramanya temples. The group of devotees wearing bright yellow or saffron costumes with ash smeared all over the body, dance in a frenzy carrying Kavadis on their shoulders. Kavadis are colourful bow shaped wooden structures rising six to ten feet high. More..........


Kettukazhcha
It is a spectacular pageant of colourfully decorated effigies of gods and goddesses, and images of animals like the horse, bull etc. More..........



Kolkali
It is a group dance form of the farming community in Kerala. Twelve to twenty four dancers move rhythmically in a circle around the ceremonial lamp, tapping the two feet long wooden sticks held in their hands.More..........


Kummattikali
It is a temple folk art and an awe inspiring mask dance. More..........
Kumbhamkali
It is a folk ritual dance of devotees carrying pots on the head. More..........
Kuthiottam
It is a ritual art exclusive to the Devi temples of south Kerala. A team of artistes perform this song and dance ritual. The songs include those in praise of Durga and other deities, Padapattu (war songs) and Kalaripattu (martial art songs). More..........


Pooram
It is the great elephant pageant of certain temples in Kerala. Bejewelled tuskers numbering ten to hundred, line up for this exotic spectacle with mahouts siting atop them carrying the muthukuda (tinsel covered silk parasols) and waving the venchamaram (white tufts). More..........


Mamangam
This festival is a replication of the cultural extravaganza held every 12 years by the zamorins of Malabar in the middle ages. More..........


Mayilnritham
It is a ritual art performed by artistes in peacock costume. It is performed in Subramanya in south Kerala. Oppana is a Muslim bridal group dance. More..........


Padayani
It is a colourful ritual art which is symbolic of the victory march of goddess Kali after she defeated the demon Darika. The elaborate costume of this art form bears slight resemblance to Theyyam. More..........


Poothamkali
It is a folk art more commonly performed in the Bhagavathy temples of Malappuram. Pootham is the character who accompanied Durga in her combat with Darika asura. The performers, usually three in number, undergo a week of austerity before the presentation.
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Pulikali
It is also known as kaduvakali is a common sight in Kerala during festive seasons. Performers painted like tigers in bright yellow, red and black, dance to the loud beats of percussion instruments like the udukku and thakil. More..........


Sarpa pattu
It is a ritual art performed in shrines and temples devoted to Nagaraja the king of serpents. It is performed by women who belong to the Pulluvar caste, in a specially decorated pandal, before the sarpakalam (snake designs on the floor). More..........


Thattumelkoothu
It is a devotional folk art. The dance is performed on a special platform which carried around the temple by devotees even as the performance goes on. More..........



Thidampu Nritham
It is over 700 years old, is a ritualistic art form of North Kerala. The dancer moves to the rhythmic beats of the chenda carrying the thidampu (the idol of the deity) on his head. More..........



Thiruvathirakali
It is a dance form which is a pointer to the old customs followed in Nair tharawads (joint families) where the women of the house dance elegantly around the ceremonial lamp or floral decoration on festive occasions to the accompaniment of the Thiruvathira Pattu (song). More..........


Thiyyattu
It is a devotional offering to Bhadrakali and Sree Ayyappa. This ritual art is performed in a specially decorated pandal, before the Kalam (five colour design on the floor), the traditional lamp (nilavilaku), and peetam (stool). The performance usually starts at dusk. More..........


Tholpavakoothu
It is said to have originated in the 18th century is also known as pavakoothu (puppet play) or nizhalattam (shadow play). This entertainment art is performed on a special stage called koothumadam in the temple courtyard. More..........


Vadithallu
It is almost similar to Kolkali and is a folk dance in which artistes tap the short sticks held in both hands. More..........



Velakali
It is one of the most elaborate and spectacular martial folk arts of Kerala. This ritual art form is usually presented within the temple premises and is called Thirumumbil vela when performed before the deity and Kulathivela when performed near the temple pond. More..........


Koothambalam
Special hall in the temple premises for ritual and classical art performances. More..........


Koothumadam
Stage specially erected for certain ritual and classical art performances in the temple. More..........







 
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