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Ezhamathu Kali

This domestic entertainment of the members of the Warrier and Pisharedy communities is a form of social satire. The participants gather round an oil-lit lamp before which is a copper pot placed upside down. One of the performers stands up and asks a question in the form of a song. If the others fail to answer, they have to enact various roles. Though devoid of much dance element, this humorous play gives occasion for much buffoonery and clowning which is done with great agility and gusto. This form of entertainment is almost extinct now.

Updated on 3rd October, 2015


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