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03.31.2018 | Kerala Express | $10 - $25

March 31 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Categories: Dance, Performance Art, Theatre


Kathakali one of the oldest theatre forms in the world is a combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. The word ‘Katha’ in Malayalam means Story and ‘kali’ means Play. Thus Kathakali literally means Story-Play. Theyyam other wise known as Kaliyattam or Thirayattam, is one of the most outstanding folk arts of Kerala. It is a sacred ritual dance performed to glorify the goddess Kaali. The term ‘Theyyam’ is the corrupt form of the Malayalam word ‘Daivam’, meaning God. It earned the name Thirayattam as every thira or village performed this ritualistic art at the village temple known as kaavu. The word ‘Thullal’ means ‘Caper’ or ‘to leap or jump about playfully’. This art form emerged in the eighteenth century. A solo performance combining both dance and recitation, thullal is the explication of a tale – normally drawn from the puranas narrated in verse. Koodiyattam, the earliest classical dramatic art form of Kerala, is a temple art. In it participants dance together to please God.

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