This dance, which is believed to be of Aryan origin, is
performed only in temples by the members of the
The only accompaniments are the cymbals and the copper drum
known as the ‘miazhavu’. The dance is staged in the theatre halls known as 'Koothambalam'
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.
It is a ritual dance offering in the Subramanya temples.
It is a group dance
form of the farming community in Kerala.
It is a temple folk art and an awe-inspiring mask dance.
‘Kumbhamkali’ or ‘Kumbhamthullal’ is a folk ritual
dance of devotees carrying pots on the head.
It is performed by women.
It is a song and dance ritual exclusive to the Devi temples of
It is a Muslim bridal group dance.
It is a solo dance form of Kathakali, referred as 'poor man's
Padayani or Padeni: It is one of the most colourful and spectacular folk dances associated
with the festivals of certain temples in Alleppey, Kollam and
Kottayam districts of southern Kerala. It involves impersonating
divine and semi-divine figures by wearing huge masks (‘kolams’)
of different shapes, colours and designs.
It is performed by the male and female dancers.
‘Theyyam’ or ‘Kaliyattom’ is a ritual dance
typical of the northern Malabar. Elaborate description of such
rituals is found in the Tamil literature of the Sangam period
(500 B.C.-500 A.D.). As a performing art, Theyyam offers an
unusual experience. The painting of the face, the gorgeous
attire and the imposing headdresses all speak of a developed
It is the 700 years old ritualistic art form of North Kerala.
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 arrange themselves in a
ring and go around a floral arrangement while clapping their
hands to the accompaniment of songs
This dance form, which owes its origin to Kunjan Nambiar, one of
the leading Malayali poets, is characterised by simplicity of
presentation, wit and humour. It is of three types – ‘Ottanthullal’,
is also a ritual dance similar to Theyyam but exists only in the
northern part of Kerala.
is performed behind the stage.
It is a folk dance in
which artistes tap the short sticks held in both hands.