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Thodayam, Kathakali

Thodayam is the ritualistic dance performed prior to a Kathakali performance. It is performed behind the curtain on the stage.

Thodayam is danced for the smooth conduct of a performance. Since it is impractical for every artiste to participate in this, junior artistes perform this representing the actors.

Artistes performing need not have any particular costume or make-up. However the Thodayam performance will have percussion accompaniment.