A folk entertainment item popular among the Muslims of the Malabar region in Kerala, Arabana muttu or Aravana muttu (muttu means beating) is a group dance item. The art form is also known as Rebana.
Arabana is a hand-held one-sided flat drum. It has a wooden frame painted with beautiful colours and strung with Knotted ropes. The playing surface is made of goat hide.
The songs of the dance are often a tribute to martyrs and heroes. The dancers often toss the drums over their heads. Unique and rhythmic steps are also part of the dance.
Aravana muttu is usually performed to welcome dignitaries or newly wed couples. The dancers will be clad in traditional Muslim attire.