KOLKKALI

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Location: Kerala
Performed in: Men Only
Popular in: Malabar Region of Kerala


Kolkkali - A Dance Performed by Mainly the Agrarian Classes, KeralaKolkalli is a folk art performed mainly by the agrarian classes. It is a highly rhythmic dance with the dancers wielding short sticks. The rhythm of this dance is set by a harmonious synchronisation of the tapping of feet to the clapping of sticks.

The movement is circular and the artists sing as they dance and strike the sticks in unision. Though the dancers break away to form different patterns, they never miss a beat. In Malabar, Kolkkali is more popular among Muslim men.




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