Thidampu Nritham is a 700 years old ritualistic art form of north Kerala. The dancer moves to the rhythmic beats of the chenda carrying the thidampu (meaning it is half circled idol of the god usually used to take out of the temple during possession or festival) on his head. Other artists also accompany him, some with different musical instruments, two with ritualistic lamps and two with ornamented umbrella. The artists wear lots of jewellery and a decorated turban known as Ushnipeetam. Foot work is most important of this art and it is executed to the rhythm of the Chenda.
Thidampu Nritham is prevalent in Kannur District and in some parts of Kozhikode District. The dance is performed by the people of Brahmin caste. Brahmasree Puthumana Govindan Namboothiri is a renowned Thidampu Nritham Artist.
[Source (80) 20-Apr-05]