KUMMATTIKKALI

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Location: Kerala
Performed in: Northern Districts of Kerala
Popular Masked Character: Thulla


Kummattikkali - A Dance Form Popular in Northern KeralaA mask dance, Kummattikkali is popular in some of the northern districts of Kerala. The dancers, in painted wooden masks and sporting springs of leaves and grass, go dancing from house to house. A popular masked character is 'Thulla' or witch; the others being various Hindu gods and goddesses.

The songs deal with various devotional themes and are accompanied by a bow like instrument called 'Ona Villu'. No formal training is required and often the onlookers join in the dance.



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