For a small strip of land in the western coast of India, Kerala’s steeped in a tradition od dance and folklore. These dances go beyond grace and movement to narrate tales with faces painted in vivid and stark colors and to tell stories of Kerala’s famed culture.
Thiruvathirakali is a dance performed by women to attain everlasting bliss in their married lives.This dance is performed on the Thiruvathira day in the Malayalam month of Dhanu which falls in december – January.This dance is a celebration of the return of kamadeva after he was reduced to asked by the ire of ord Shiva. Hence it is a joyous occassion where love and marital union are revered.
Dancers perform around a Nilavilakku (lighted traditional lamp) and the dance follows a piroeutting pattern. This dance also has the clapping of hands and singing.Thiruvathirakali is also known as Kaikottikkali because of clapping on hands.The dancers move in a circular pattern, accompanied by rhythmic clapping of the hands, to the tune of the Thiruvathira pattu. One of the performers sings the first line of the Thiruvathira pattu (song) while the rest repeat it in chorus. The songs are often narrations from the folk epics. . Today, Thiruvathirakali has become a popular dance form for all seasons and also a popular stage item.
Here is a video of Thiruvathirakali. Enjoy!