Mizhavu training in Kutiyattam - the fight of the monkey kings

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In Kutiyattam, the traditional Sanskrit dance drama of Kerala, Mizhavu, a large percussion instrument plays a great role. Apart from giving the performance a back-ground music, it also sets the mood of the performance.

Different kinds of rhythms are used in different situations. For the battle between the valorous monkey kings like Bali and Sugriva, a particular rhythm called Yudhachari is used. In the video it is Guru P.K. Narayanan Nambiar, Mizhavu maestro, demonstrating the rhythm patterns.

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