Performing Arts of Kerala

Chakyarkoothu or Koothu: It is one of the oldest classical theatre arts of Kerala. Kaalavela: It is a spectacular procession of huge, gaudily decorated motifs of bulls. Kakkarissi Natakam: It is a folk dramatic form. Kalampattu or Kalamezhuthu pattu: It is performed...

Folk Dances of Kerala

Chakiarkoothu: Chakiarkoothu dance is believed to be of Aryan origin and is performed only in temples by members of the Chakiar caste. The dance is staged in theatre halls known as ‘Koothambalam’. Cherumarkali: Cherumarkali is a harvest dance in which the dancers,...

Mohiniattam

  Mohiniattam is one of the two major dance dramas of Kerala. It is a kind of synthesis of Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and folk dances of the region. The dance is considered to be older than Kathakali. Its first reference is found in the 16th century text ‘Vyavaharamala’...

Kathakali

  Kathakali is a traditional dance-drama of Kerala, which evolved during the 17th century A.D. from various ritualistic, religious, folk and classical dance-drama traditions of Kerala. It can be considered as a synthesis of several dance forms of the region such as...

Kerala Architecture

  A distinct style of temple architecture developed in Kerala in which the temples were roofed with sloping tiers of metal or terracotta tiles. The ‘Vadakkunatha Temple’ at Trichur (12th century A.D.) and later temples found at Chengannur, Kaviyum and Vaikom are some...
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