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Thiruvathirakali or Kaikottikali - Kerala

Thiruvathirakali or Kaikottikali is an extremely popular folk dance performed by the maidens of Kerala. It is a group dance and is mainly performed on the occasion of Onam and Thiruvathira. Tales depicted in Kaikottikali owe their origin to Kathakali, a profound dance form of Kerala. Thiruvathirakali is regarded as an extremely elegant dance form as the Lasya or the beauty element predominates. Dress code of Kaikottikali is hugely impressive as women folk neatly attire themselves in a typical Kerala style.

Thiruvathirakali is an interesting expression of the Kerala culture. The attractively dressed Kerala women gather around a brightly lit brass lamp and clap their hands in rhythm with the songs they sing while they display enchanting footwork. According to a popular Kerala legend a Thiruvathirakali dance performance brought the deity of love, Kamadeva back to life after Lord Shiva's ire reduced him to ashes. The women adorn themselves in the best of clothes and perform Thiruvathirakali dance around the lamp. The graceful dance takes place around a Nilavilakku or a lamp and the dance is a symbol of female energy. Greater emphasis is given to the rhythmic movements than mudra and thiruvathira songs are well reputed for their literary flourish. .Today, Thiruvathirakali has become a popular dance form for all seasons.

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