Kathakali is a 500 years old classical dance drama of kerala, which combines facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime. The costumes and makeup are ornamental and elaborate. The actors do not speak or sing but enact the story through mudras (head gestures), graceful movements and facial expression. The pomp and magnificence of Kathakali is partly due to its decor part of which is the ‘kireetam’ or huge headgear and the kanchukam the over sized jackets, and a
long skirt worn over a thick padding of cushions. A Kathakali actor enacts his ideas through mudras. For this he follows a systematic sign language based on Hastalakshana Deepika, a treatise on the language of hand gestures. Kathakali will be a great experience for you in our kerala tour package.
The Theyyam or Theyyattam is a popular ritual dance of North Kerala, particularly now found in the traditional Kolathunadu, of the present Kannur and Kasargode districts. As a living cult with centuries old traditions, ritual and custom, it embraces almost all castes and classes of Hindu religion in this region. The term Theyyam is a corrupt form of daivam or God. It is a rare combination of dance and music and reflects important features of a tribal culture. Theyyam is yet another attraction of our kerala tour package.
Mohini the temptress, is a recurring character in Hindhu mythology. Attom means dance. It is seductive dance performed by women, sensuous in its appeal. In technique Mohiniyattom lies somewhere between Kathakali and Bharathanatyam, Lyrical in the extreme keynote is coquetry. The symmetrical patterns of emotion flow in balanced nuances with smooth footwork, somewhat quickened body movements and special music. You can select this art form in the kerala tour package.
A dance form essential to the wedding entertainment and festivities of the Malabar Muslims. Maidens and young female relatives sing and dance around the bride, clapping their hands. The songs of Mappilappattu, are first sung by the leader and are repeated by the chorus. The themes are often teasing comments and innuendoes about the bride's anticipated nuptial bliss. Oppana is often presented as a stage item today. Those who need to explore this wonderfull art can choose in your kerala tour package.
Kaikottikali, also known as thiruvathirakali, is a very popular, graceful and symmetric group-dance of the women of Kerala often performed during festive seasons like Thiruvathira and Onam. It is a simple and gentle dance with the lasya element predominating, even though the thandava part is also brought in occasionally, when men also participate as seen in some parts of the Malabar area.
Typically dressed in Kerala style with mundu and neriyathu and the hair bun bedecked with jasmine garlands the women dance in gay abandon, singing melodious Thiruvathira songs which are well-reputed for their literary flourish. You can make the kerala tour package exciting with this art form.
Thullal is a classical solo dance form, of Kerela, which comes closer to contemporary life, and is marked for its simplicity, wit and humour. Staged during temple festivals, the performer explicates the verses through expressive gestures. The themes are based on mythology. This satiric art form was introduced in the18th century by the renowned poet Kunchan Nambiar. There are three related forms of Thullal - Ottanthullal , Seethankanthullal and Parayanthullal. Make this art form in your kerala tour package.
Margomkali is a ritual folk art form of the
Syrian Christians of Kottayam and Thrissur districts. A dozen
dancers sing and dance around a lighted wick lamp (
Nilavilakku), clad in the simple traditional white dhoti and
sporting a peacock feather on the turban to add a touch of
colour. This is yet another art form of our kerala tour package.
Kaliyattam is an ancient socio-religious
ceremony performed in North Kerala since very ancient times. In
early times every village of North Kerala has its own common
shrine called Kavu and it was imperative to have Kaliyattom
performed in front of it. As the word Kali has also the meaning
of "safety" in Malayalam, Kaliyattom may have the significance
of a sacred dance for social or family safety. As Kerala was
primarily a land of people with Sakthi (Bhagavathi) worshippers,
it became very much an essential part of the
social structure. Kali worship made its stronghold especially in
the northern parts of Kerala, known as the Kolathirinad, the
ancient kingdom of Kolathiri (Chirakkal Raja). Art form lovers
can select this in the kerala tour package.
This classical dance is performed by the member
of the professional Chakyar cast that too only in Koothambalam
of temples. It is one of the oldest of theatrical arts peculiar
to Kerala. The term Koothu literally means dance which may be
taken as an index of the importance attached to dance in the
original form of the art. As a matter of fact, the movements and
facial expressions and the signs and gestures employed by the
actor in Koothu are said to approximate most closelyto the principles laid down in the
authoritative Sanskrit treatise on the subject, Bharatha's Natya
Sastra. The actor recites stories from the epics (based on
Sanskrit text) interpreting them in Malayalam, enlivening his
narration with Thandava dance rhythms and also gestures and
bodily postures which are clearly derived from Natya Sastra.
Kerala tour package can be colored by this art form.
Instead of single Chakiyar a number of
performers get together and stage dance-drama. That is why it is
called Koodiyattom, literally "dancing together" (The beginnings
of Kerala dramaturgy can be traced to this dance). Both men and
women partake in this performance. Abhinaya is the most
important element in Koodiyattom. The texts are always in
Sanskrit and the performance is a prolonged affair. It may take
anything from a few days to a number of weeks. This can be
included in a long kerala tour package
The kalam is a unique drawing also called
dhulee chithram or powder drawing. The artist uses the floor as
his canvas. The chorus sings hymns in praise of the deitie. This
is performed as part of the rituals to worship and propitiate
godess Kaali, Before the actual performance, the dancer erases
the Kalam with tender palm fronds. The performer in the role of
Kaali is aided by 'Koimpata Nayar', the local guide and Kooli,
the attendant. Kerala tour package can be graced by this art
Pulikali is a art form performed in Trichur and
Palghat districts. It is also known as Kaduvaakali. Dancers
numbering three or more dress themselves up like tigers, usually
covered with yellow paint,with red and black designs on it.
There are enactments such as the tiger preying on a goat, and a
tiger being hunted by a game-hunter. The made-up tigers present
vigorous dancers to the loud beating of percussion instruments
like udukku,thakil etc. This art form will make the kerala tour
package more entertaining.