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Theeyattu Ritual Art Kerala

Kerala is famous for its different and unique art forms, and one such ritualistic art form is Theeyattu. It is a holy, formal art form of Kerala. Generally performed at the Bhadrakali Temple and the Ayyappa Temple, Theeyattu is a popular ritual in Kerala.

The word Theeyattu means "dance of God." During the performance of Theeyattu, a single actor dances called Theeyattuni. The dancer dons the makeup of Goddess Bhadrakali and chants several slokas and hymns for the audience's well-being. When the dancer dons the headgear during Theeyattu, it is believed that he is the God. The Theeyattu dance depicts the war of Bhadrakali with Darikasura, where finally Bhadrakali emerges as the winner.

The dancer displays different Mudras of Theeyattu that resemble the classical dance forms and enthrall the spectators.

Every dance form in Kerala is related to some legend, and Theeyattu even narrates the story of Bhadrakali. A small group of Unni performers generally performs the dance form.

Theeyattu is a ritual followed every Friday at the Pallipurathu Kavu Temple. If you are planning a Kerala tour, drop in here to see the beautiful performance of Theeyattu.


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