Kerala- God’s Own Country boasts of its several forms of Performing Arts and dances. Some of them are very popular and are mostly performed during festivals and other ceremonious occasions.
In Pictures : Performing Arts of Kerala , India
Kerala is home to world’s oldest theatre forms. Kathakali, formerly confined to temples at dusk, is a classical dance performance, a complete symphony of expressions “Mudras” ,drama and musical instruments “Chenda” and “Maddalam”(country drums).
The elaborate style of facial make up of female characters is called “Minukku”.
Kutiyattam, is recognised by Unesco as a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. It is 2000 year old living art performed in Sanskrit language in Hindu temples in Kerala.
Theyyam or God’s Dance
Theyyam or God’s Dance is a primitive tribal ritual form of worship, popular in Northern Malabar region. Hold your breath, while folk artists dressed up as mythological or divine characters in colourful attires, enact their trance like performance invoking blessings of deities, ancestral spirits and heroes
Oppana is a wedding celebration amongst Kerala Muslims. The bride sits all decked up in jewellery and finest costumes and is surrounded by her female relatives. They sing and dance around her clapping their hands.
Kalaripayattu – is the mother of all marshal art forms. This ancient fighting system dates back 3000 years. Sit back and watch in awe, as fighters move with the agility of an animal defying the laws of gravity, locking their weapons to teach you ultimate co-ordination of body and mind.
The term Mohiniyattam is a combinations of the words “Mohini” ( A woman who enchants onlookers) and “aattam” ( graceful and sensuous body movements ) . Mohiniyattam literally means “dance of the enchantress” it is one of the most popular classical dance form.
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