Alar is a tribal community settled in the regions of Palakkad District
. They are also known by different names such as Chathans and Chatans. The Alar and Malayalam
are the two languages spoken by them.
Alars perform the Chatthankali, a dance form prevalent in many areas of Ponnani and Tirur in Malappuram District. The dance is performed in the attire of a village deity, with the accompaniment of percussion instruments.