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A Folk Dance of Kerala

Chatthankali is prevalent in many areas of Ponnani and Tirur Taluks in Malappuram District. The dance is performed in the attire of Chathan (a village deity), with the accompaniment of percussion instruments. Dancers carry two short sticks and click these sticks together in rhythm. Each particular dance sequence takes about ten minutes. A particular type of Chenda (drum) is used for producing background rhythm. Linen cloth, bells around the waist, a heavy clanking anklet, headdress and a mask of areca nut leaf, with an exaggerated nose form the costume.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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