The Indian state Kerala is well known for its diverse forms of performing arts. The various communities in Kerala contribute to its rich and colorful culture. The culture of Kerala is a combination of both Indian and Dravidian culture.

Daasiy attam : The body expresses well what words cannot.

he main USP of Kerala is its performing arts like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Martial Art of Kalaripayattu.The culture of Kerala evolved through the Sanskritization of Dravidian ethos, revivalism of religious movements and reform movements against caste discrimination. Kerala showcases a culture unique to itself developed through accommodation, acculturation and assimilation of various faculties of civilized

Krishnanattam : Unique in its avant-garde.

The temple arts are the Kathakali and Chakkiar Kooths, the art form of Kerala. The ‘King of Performing Arts’, Kathakali is one of the oldest theatrical forms of Kerala. Kathakali is a major form of classical Indian dance. It is a “story play” genre of art, but one distinguished by the elaborately colorful make-up, costumes and face masks that the traditionally male actor-dancers wear. Kathakali is a beautiful dance form which represents the art and culture of Kerala. This dance form uses exquisite expressions, hand and feet movements and also consists of a unique costume which is much different from other Indian Classical dance forms.

Kavadi : Devotional sacrifice through dance, food offerings, and bodily self-mortification.

Bharatanatyam is the dance that encompasses music, rhythm and expression and strictly adheres to the Natyashastra .It gives a wonderful cardio workout, improves blood circulation, tones muscles and is good for bone density as it is a contact exercise,” says danseuse Alarmel Valli. Dancer and choreographer Anita Ratnam says Bharatanatyam has both physical and mental benefits.

Nangiyar Koothu: Hidden language of the soul.

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