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Location: Kerala
Performed by: The Nair Community of Palakkad District
Originated from: The Martial Arts forms

Kanyarkali - A Folk Art Performed Exclusively by the Nair Community of Palakkad District, KeralaA folk art, exclusively practised by the Nair community of the Palakkad area, Kanyarkali owes its origin to the pursuit of martial arts in this region, which was under the constant threat of an attack from neighbouring Konganaadu.

Dance and comedy were pitched in to add vigour and colour to these training practices. Kanyarkali combines the agile movements of martial arts with the rhythmic grace of folk dance.

Performed during March-April in temples as well as in places called 'Thara', a venue for informal gatherings. The dance is accompanied by folksongs and percussion instruments.

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