Chavittunatakom Dance in Kerala is one of the oldest dance forms in Kerala. This is one of the Christian dance forms of Kerala whose origin can be traced to the time of Portuguese invasion. Chavittunatakom Dance evolved in Kerala during the 16th century A.D. with the Portuguese colonization.
A striking resemblance with European Christian Miracle Play the Chavittunatakom Dance brings the flavor of medieval dance dramas. It shows the perfect blend of European art with Kerala culture.
Typical musical dance drama, here the characters adorn the medieval Greco Roman costumes which depicts the traces of that period. The plays are generally performed on an open stage or in a Church as it is considered to a Christian art form in Kerala. The narration used in this dance form is generally a mix of Tamil or Malayam. During the dance, the dancers stamp on the dance floor. This stamping is called Chavittu from where the name of this unique dance form of Kerala originates.
The Chavittunatakom Dance has resemblances with Kathakali Dance but here it only depicts the conquests and victories of Christian warriors. The glittering embellishments, beautiful dresses and European characters make this play quite unique. Especially Chavittunatakom Dance is considered to be successful only if the stage caves in with too much of stamping.