Shake a leg
Shaking a leg
The vibrant art forms that form part of the cultural repertoire of Onam
include Mudiyattom, Pulikali, Kolkali, Thumbithullal, Thaalipeeli, Kaikottikali, Kummi, Kalippavakoothu and so on.
Mudiyaattom, also known as Neeliyaattom, is a tribal dance performed only by women. In this dance, which is quite a spectacle, the dancers let their hair down - literally- and shake their heads to the music in wild abandon.
Tiger dance / Pulikali
Pulikali, also known as Kaduvakali, is a common sight, especially in Thrissur district. Here, the young male performers paint their bodies in the likeness of tigers and stage a vigorous dance to the beats of instruments like udukku and thakil. Pulikali is also performed during Navaratri, another major festival.
Bogey man / Kummatty
he Kummatty dancers, popular in central Kerala, wear brightly painted wooden masks and go from house to house during Onam time singing melodious, devotional songs.
Slick sticks / Kolkali
In Kolkali, the performers move in a circle, striking small sticks. The circle expands and contracts to the beat of the music and the sticks are struck against each other in a mounting tempo.
Here, the dancers, all women, move in a circle while enacting reaping movements with their hands. The dancers take turns leading the singing. The refrain is taken up after the lead singer.