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Poramadiyattam is a folk dance performed by the Malavedar tribe of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. It is performed during the Onam festival.

All performers are male and the characters representing Lord Shiva and Parvati form the main attraction of the play. The costumes of Shiva include Thoppippala and uduthukettu and that of Parvati are red cloth, muthumala (bead chain) and chilambu.

This dance is associated with the legend of Pasupatastram - a peerless weapon gifted to Arjuna by Lord Shiva.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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