India has many cultures and traditions and each of these cultures are extremely unique. Folk and tribal dances are very simple and usually performed to express joy and happiness. There are many celebrations and festivals in India which only adds to the richness of the Indian culture. Each form of folk dance has a different costume and a different rhythm. Some of the famous folk dances of India are Garba from Gujrat, the Lavni from Maharashtra, the Chhau from West Bengal, the Bhangra from Punjab and the Karagam from Tamil Nadu to name just a few. Melodia Events in Kerala are a knowledgeable and professional event management company that recognizes all folk art forms across India. Our staged folk dances in Kerala are extremely unique in representation with costumes and props suited to the art form. Some of the folk dances of Kerala that we present are as follows:
Kaikotti kali- This dance form is also called Thiruvathirakali, performed symmetrically by women. It is usually performed in the Onam and Thiruvathira seasons which are festive seasons in Kerala. It is a gentle dance and sometimes the men are also seen participating in it.
Mudiyettu- This folk dance is associated with Goddess Bhagavathy and depicts a ritualistic singing of the glory of the Goddess. This dance involves heavy dressing and costume with elaborate painted faces and huge head gears.
Kolkkali- This dance is done by the farming community where both men and women of the community participate in the dance. Around 24 dancers will move in a circle following a rhythm and around a ceremonial lamp. All religions, the Hindus, Christians and Muslims perform this dance.
Parichamuttu kali- This dance is associated with martial arts and considered as a martial-folk dance. The performers usually have swords and shields in their hands and the movements are towards stepping forward, leaping forward and backward just like in martial arts.
Theyyam- The Theyyam is also known as Kaliyattam and is considered as a very ancient and socio-religious dance dedicated to the Goddess Kali. It involves a lot of facial paint, large and colourful head gears and attires. The dance is a part of the Kerala social structure.