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Also known as Vishuvela, Vithuchorial is a ceremonial dance of the Paraya community. It is performed during the sowing season. There are two dancers in Vithuchorial - one in the costume of Bhootham and the other in the role of Velichappadu. The dance is performed from house to house. They are offered a full measure of paddy. After parayadeppu, they move to the temple where the thullal (dance) and kalpikkal (divine ordering) are performed. This ceremonial dance is accompanied by percussion instruments and songs which seek blessings for an early and bountiful crop. Certain variations of Vithuchorial are also seen in Palakkad District where it is called Vithiduka or Kathiru.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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