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CLASSICAL DANCES
Kathakali This traditionally and internationally acclaimed dance form is a perfect replica of the culture and the life in Kerala. The bright colors, the beautiful songs and the graceful movements of the dancers succeeds in making the audience spellbound.  
 
  Chavittunatakom: Kerala being the home of various castes, it nourishes Chavittunatakom, a Christian art form. Its roots trace back to the early years of Portuguese Colonization in 16 AD.
 
Oppana: Giving a freedom of expression to the dancing feet of the Malabar Muslims is the Oppana which has become an essentiality to wedding entertainment and festivities.  
  Krishnanattom: A feast to eyes of both, the ignorant farmer and a scholastic king, Krishnanattom gives its audience a feeling of awe and wonder through its varied and colorful facial make up.
 
Mohiniyattom: A soothing and heartwarming dance involving the enchanting, slow but graceful swaying of the dancers, Mohiniyattom has a mark of its own in Kerala.  
 
  Kakkarissi Natakom: Giving life to the mythological puranas of Lord Siva and his consort Parvati, this is a dance-drama projecting satire.
 
Thiruvathirakali: A graceful dance performed by the women of Kerala on the Thiruvathira day of Chingom Month, Thiruvathirakali, is danced to pray to Gods for everlasting marital bless.  
 
  Kolkkali: A rhythmic and music to ears, experience during the festival of Onam, Kolkkali is folk art of the agrarian classes, mainly in Malabar.
 
Chakkyarkoothu : Earliest known histrionic art of Kerala. It is believed to have been introduced into Kerala by the early Aryan immigrants and the earliest written reference to this art is found in the Tamil epic chilappathikaram which was composed by the Kerala prince Ilangoadikal in the second century AD. The texts used for the exposition of the art are epics and puranas written in Sanskrit. The exposition is enlivened by numerous witty analogies and illusions to topical , political and social events.  
 
 

Koodiyattom: There is yet another way in which the chakkyar can present his art. Instead of solo performance by a lone chakkyar, a no of performers get together and stage a dance drama of sorts. Such a performance is known as koodiyattom.The koodiyattom art was encourage much by the perumals, who ruled over Kerala until the eight century AD. The names of Kulasekhara Perumal, Bhaskara Ravi Varma Perumal and Cheraman Perumal, in particular, are remembered with reverence for the considerable patronage they gave to the art.

 
Thullal: Another verity of dance that survives to this day is the Thullal. This is onemanshow done during temple festivals. It combines dance with the talented narration of stories in verses. There are three types of thullal dance- the ottan, parayan and seethankan of which ottan thullal is the most popular one, These dances owe their origin to Kunchan Nambiar, one of the foremost poes of Kerala.  
 
  Duffmuttu: A group dance of the Maplahs of Malabar. It is very similar to Kolkali. It is a powerful group dance among the Muslims of Malabar.
 
 

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