Dances of Kerala


Cultural Kerala

Kathakali

Kerala owes its transnational fame to this nearly 300 years old classical dance form which combines facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime. It is said to have evolved from other performing arts like Kootiyattam, Krishna- nattam and Kalarippayattu.

Cultural Kerala

Kolukali

Kolkalli is a folk art performed mainly by the agrarian classes. It is a highly rhythmic dance with the dancers wielding short sticks. The rhythm of this dance is set by a harmonious synchronisation of the tapping of feet to the clapping of sticks.

Cultural Kerala

Koothu

 

Chakkiar Koothu is an art performed by the Nangiars or the female members of the Chakkiar community. This is a solo dance drama mainly centred on the legends of Krishna. Verses are sung and interpreted through mime and dance.

Cultural Kerala

Kootiyattam

 

Kootiyattam is a dance traditionally enacted in temples. Kootiyattam is Kathakali's old predecessor. Kootiyattam literally means "acting together". This is the earliest classical dramatic art form of Kerala.

Cultural Kerala

Krishnanattom

 

 

A spectacle for both the scholar and the simple rustic. The visual effect is enhanced by varied and colourful facial make-up with larger masks, made of light wood and cloth padding, for certain characters.

Mohiniyattom

Mohiniyattom



Mohiniyattom, expressing worship, has a tradition, soft and graceful, running down centuries. Its history goes to those days man began worshipping supernatural powers. Each village had a sacred grove, believed to be the home of the protector (goddess).

Cultural Kerala

Thiruathirakkal

 

It is a dance performed by women for the everlasting marital bliss, on Thiruvathira day in the Malayalam month of Dhanu (December-January). It is a part of the old custom followed in nair joint families.

Cultural Kerala

Tholpavakoothu



Literally meaning 'leather puppet play', Tholppavakkoothu is a ritual art performed during the annual festivals in the Kaali temples.The story is mainly based on the Kamba Ramayana.

Kerala cultural

Velakali

 

Velakali is a spectacular martial dance performed in a few temples of Southern Kerala by Nair warriors holding wooden swords and shields. The dancers, clad in traditional clothes and colourful headgear of medieval Nair soldiers.
 

 

Cultural Kerala