Folk Dance, Tribal Dance, Classical Dance,
Neo-Classical Dance or Modern dance, you name it and the Fascinating
Kerala has it. Kerala has a rich history of art and culture.
With about 35 different types of tribal people in Kerala,
tribal dances like elelakkaradi, paniyarkali and mankali still
survive. Of over 50 folk dances in Kerala, the popular ones
are Kaliyattom, kolam Thullal, Kolkali, Velakali and Kaikottikali.
All these are performed in accompaniment of songs and drumming
and often in colourful ornamental costumes. From these arose
Kerala's classical dances like koothu, Kathakali, mohiniattom
Kerala owes its transnational fame to the nearly 300-year-old
classical form of Kathakali, which combines facets of ballet,
opera, masque and pantomime. Kathakali explicates events and
stories from Indian epics and puranas, presented
by dancers who adorn themselves with huge skirts and headdress,
wearing a most intriguing style of makeup. The richness of
this exciting mix of tradition, color, music expression and
drama is an unbeatable mix of art form.
Apart from this, there are also a number of gentler art forms
in the fascinating dance bouquet of Kerala. One of these is
the hand-clapping, circular folk dance called Kaikottikali
with which girls and women celebrate the Onam festival.