Kerala Artforms

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Kerala Art Forms Performing art Chavittunatakom Duffmuttu Kakkarissi Natakam Kathakali Koothu Krishnanattom Kutiyattam Margomkali Mohiniyattam Oppana Thiruvathirakali Thullal



Oppana

Oppana

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Oppana is a dance form specific to the Muslim community of Kerala. Oppana is usually a bridal group dance performed the day before the wedding day. It is a dance form essential to the wedding en

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Koothu

koothu

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Koothu was apparently the general term given for the dance-dramas in ancient Tamilakam. Various types of koothu were mentioned in the ancient Tamil poems including kuravai koothu, tunangai koothu and

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Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu

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Kalaripayattu the martial art form of Kerala is regarded as the oldest and most scientific of its kind in the world. Training in combat is given at the Kalari (training school). Under the Kalari

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Kolkali

Kolkali

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Kolkali is a folk art performed in North Malabar region of Kerala. Kolkali is a highly rhythmic folk art performed by men. The dancers wielding short pairs of sticks move in circles around a nil

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krishnanattam

Krishnanattam

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Krishnanattam or Krishnattam is a temple art, now performed at Guruvayur Temple as a votive performance by a troupe under the management of Guruvayur Devaswom . The performance is based on

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Duffmuttu

Duffmuttu

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Duffmuttu (also known as Aravanmuttu or Arbanamuttu) is a dance form particular to the Muslim community of Kerala. The origin of Duffmutt can be traced back

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Padayani

Padayani

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Padayani also known as Padeni is a traditional folk dance of Kerala India. It is an ancient ritual performed in Bhagavati temples. Padayani is an art form that blends music, dance, theater, sati

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Mohiniyattam

Mohiniyattam

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Mohiniyattam is a semi-classical dance form of Kerala. It is performed by women. Mohiniyattam literally interpreted as the dance of ‘Mohini’,

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Performing Arts
Margamkali

Margamkali

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Margam Kali  is one of the ancient round group dance of Kerala practiced by Saint Thomas Christians.Margomkali is a ritual folk art of the Syrian Christians of Kottayam and Thrissur districts.

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Tholppavakkoothu

Tholppavakkoothu

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Tholppavakkoothu also known as Pavakoothu or Nizhalkoothu,  is a ritual art performed during the annual festivals in the Kaali temples of Palakkad and Ponnani Taluks.This is han

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Theyyam

Theyyam

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Theyyam is a popular ritual dance form of North Kerala, particularly in Kannur and Kasargod districts. The Theyyam represents a mythological, divine or heroic character. Theyyam is always performed by

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Theeyattu

Theeyattu

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Theeyaattu also known as Theeyaattam is a traditional dance form of Kerala.  Theeyattu is a solo dance-drama performed in front of the Kalam or Dhooli

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Poothanum Thirayum

Poothanum Thirayum

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Poothanam Thirayum is yet another ritual art performed in Kaali temples aimed at propitiation. This ritual is widely performed in south Malabar as part of annual festivals. A troupe of dancer

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Padayani

Padayani

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Padayani also known as Padeni is a traditional folk dance of Kerala India. It is an ancient ritual performed in Bhagavati temples. Padayani is an art form that blends music, dance, theater, sati

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Paanakali

Paanakali

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Paanakali, a ritual dance tradition, confined to a few areas in North Kerala, is performed annually to propitiate the Goddess

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Mudiyettu

Mudiyettu

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Mudiyettu is a ritual dance drama from Kerala based on the mythological tale of a battle between the goddess Kali and the demon Darika. It is a community ritual in which the entire village parti

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Kavadiyattam

Kavadiyattam

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Kavadiyattam is a ritual dance offering in Subramanya Temples .It is a fascinating and unique art form done with the help of Kavadis which are colour bow shaped wooden structure which are of 6- 10 fee

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Kalamezhuthu

Kalamezhuthu

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Kalamezhuthu is a ritual art form of Kerala wherein the deity’s form is drawn on the floor using five types of coloured powders. This is practiced by many communities in Kerala and is a part o

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Arjuna Nritham

Arjuna Nritham

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Arjuna Nritham is otherwise called Mayilpeeli Thookkam, is a custom art of Kerala performed by men of Ezhava group and is performed in the Bhagavathy temples of south Kerala, mainly in Kollam, A

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Ritual Arts
Thullal

Thullal

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Thullal is known as one of the popular performing art forms of Kerala that emerged in the 18th century. This classical art form has gained popularity because of its simplistic performance and ex

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