Kerala is blessed with beautiful culture, festivals, rituals, and also the home of fantastic art forms. Kerala is the land of traditional and classical arts including Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Ottamthullal and so on. Can’t imagine a Kerala without arts and culture. So the most famous traditional art forms of Kerala are given below.
It is one of the classical dance forms in India and is originated from Kerala. This art is based on Mudra, and the play is related to the stories or myths of Hindu culture. The over makeup, colourful costumes, and face masks distinguishes other arts to Kathakali. Kathakali is communicated to audiences via facial expression, palm expression, and also with music and vocal performance. Kathakali is Hindu performance art. Several foreigners have come here for enjoying the Kathakali. It is one of the famous traditional art forms of Kerala.
It is another classical dance form originated in Kerala during the 16th century and performed by a single woman. ‘Mohini’ is another form of Lord Vishnu and contains the rhythms. The audience is attracted to the hip movement and eye movement. The enchanting costume, traditional jewellery and elegant makeup help to bring an alluring ambience. A huge number of people around the world come here for watching this charming performance.
Ottamthullal is a ritual dance form of Kerala. This unique art is performed by a single person and he gave us too many opportunities to laugh. Mainly the performance is based upon mocking the relevant subjects. The famous Malayalam poet Kunchan Nambiyar created this dance form during the 18th century. Mainly there are three types of Thullal such as Parayanthullal, Ottanthullal and Seetankanthullal. The colourful costume and green makeup are the main attraction and singing and dancing are done by himself. He has the power to tease others. It is a humorous art form.
It is one of the most famous rituals art form in Kerala and is also known as Dance of God. This visual art form of Gods is originated from Kolathunadu and is the famous art of North Malabar. Theyyam is very colourful and different types of Theyyams like Pottan Theyyam, Kandanarkelan Theyyam and so on. The Theyyam period starts from the 10th of Malayalam month Thulam (October/November) and ends in June. The unique makeup creates a threatening feel.
It is one of the traditional Art forms of Kerala. The performance art is originated in Kerala and it is a one-man show. He narrates the stories of Hindu epics like Ramayana, Mahabharatha, etc. This comedy act is performed in Koothambalam, a special area arranged in some temples. In between the stories, he will tell some joke to entertain the audience. The gestures and postures are very attractive. It needs only minimal choreography and makeup.