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Seethakkali is a performing art in the northern parts of Kerala. This folk art is performed by Karimbalars, a tribe. Earlier, it was performed in the paddy fields to keep the watchmen of paddy field awake the whole night. Today, it has lost its traditional value.

The performance now usually takes place is October and the performers visit each houses in the village and enact the drama. Pottan and panian, who acts as the bodyguard of Seetha, wear masks and accompany her. Tudi and cymbals are the musical accompaniments. The costumes and make-up of Seetha are very similar to the minukku of Kathakali.

Sethakkali is today confined to the areas near Taliparamba in Kannur District.

Updated on 23rd July, 2014


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