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Thiyyattu is a traditional ritual art form typical to Kerala. It is a devotional offering to Goddess Kali and Lord Ayyappa. The performance usually starts at dusk in a specially decorated ‘pandal’, before the Kalam, Nilavilakku and peetam (stool).

Thiyyattu is performed by only by a set of performers known as ‘Thiyyattunnis’. The main subject of the dance is the killing of Daraka by Goddess Kali. The dancer embellished in the costume and make-up of Goddess Kali with special head gears, pleated skirts and painted face dances before the Kalam. Thiyyattu is accompanied with the rhythmic music of Chenda, Ilathalam and Chengila.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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