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Kali Attam : Kali means joy or fun and games. This is also known as Koladi, Kokkali, Kambadi Kali and Kolattam. Sticks of one foot length are held in each hand and beaten to make a sharp, rasping sound as the dance proceeds with unique steps, twisting and turning. It is performed by both men and women, during festivals, auspicious days and weddings. The players should be Quick, and alert or else chances of getting hurt by the ‘kol’ or Stick is common. The ‘kols’ made of wood are brightly painted and decorated with brass rings and bells. The dancers used to wear ankle-bells. However, there isn’t any special dress or make up is ear marked for this dance.

Sevai Attam : This is performed by Village folk community called Nataka Community and this form of art dedicated to ‘Thirumal’ [Lord Maha Vishnu]. In this dance, the performers forming a group, with one of them performing the role of a Clown or a Bufoon, dance to the music of drumming instrument like ‘Urumi’. The classical songs and the deliberate steps with graceful moves are the unique features of Sevai Attam. In Sangam Literature this was called as ‘Pinther Kuruvai” normally played from the rear of the Chariot Procession, either of a Victorious King or of a Temple Deity.

Villu Pattu : Villu means Bow. This is a folk art where performers Narrate stories of Historical, Reglious sequences through song, with Villu [Bow] as the main instrument. It is also known as Villadicham Pattu. Practiced in the areas of Kanya Kumari, Thovalai and also in Kerala. It is generally popular among the Nadar and Ezhava [of erstwhile] Travancore communities. Udukkai, Kudam and Thala Kattai are other instruments used to add flavor to the performance. In Lavani Pattu of Villu pattu, the performers are usually divided into two groups to prove two sides of a subject. The main story teller narrates the story striking the bow. And accompanying troupe repeat or utter appropriate responses orally. They occasionally assist the local government to propagate social messages and propaganda.


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