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Chavittunatakom

Chavittunatakom

This is a kind of musical drama. And it is believed to have had its origin in the Christian community. Evolved during the close of the 16th Century, Chavittunadakom is still a popular item in students’ youth festivals. The art form traces its origin to …

Kolkali

Kolkali

A folk art mainly of the agrarian classes, Kolkkali is a highly rhythmic dance with the dancers wielding short sticks. A mixed dance in which both men and women participate. The performers move in a circle, striking small sticks and keeping rhythm with special steps. …

Poorakkali

Poorakkali

Poorakkali is a traditional dance ritual performed by men during the nine day Pooram festival in Bhagavathy temples across Northern Kerala (formerly known as Kolathunadu). The Pooram festival begins with the Karthika asterism and concludes with the pooram asterism of the month of Meenam according …

Theyyam

Theyyam

The Theyyam or Theyyattam is one of the most outstanding ancient dance form of North Kerala. particularly now found in the traditional Kolathunadu, of the present Kannur and Kasargode districts. As a living cult with centuries old traditions, ritual and custom, it embraces almost all …

Thullal

Thullal

The word ‘Thullal’ means dance and it emerged in the eighteenth century. Thullal is a solo performance combining the dance and recitation of stories in verse.it was founded by Kunchan Nambiar to represent the accumulated aesthetic experience of all sections of the society. Staged during …

Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi

The classical dance takes its name from the village Kuchelapuri (a small village about 65 kms from Vijaywada) now known as kuchipudi in Andhra Pradesh where it originated as a form of dance drama with religious themes. . It is known for its graceful movements …

Bharathanatyam

Bharathanatyam

On mid-thirties that E. Krishna Iyer the freedom fighter, first coined the term BHARATANATYAM for the then Sadir dance. It is the most widely practised of Indian classical dances in South India, and has its origin in Tamil Nadu. It is the most ancient of …

Kathakali

Kathakali

Kathakali means “story Dance” i.e “Katha” means story and “Kali” stands for dance. In Kathakali, the make-up is very elaborate and intricate, and each character has a set mode which is strictly observed. Red green, black, yellow, orange. These are the predominant colours in Kathakali …

Mohiniyattam

Mohiniyattam

Mohiniyattam The dance of the enchantress, Mohiniyattam is a female classical dance form of Kerala. Older than Kathakali, Mohiniyattam is the female semi-classical dance form mainly performed in the temple precincts of Kerala. It is also the heir to devadasi dance heritage like Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi …