Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


Mudiyattam is a tribal group dance form performed widely in Kerala by women. Moves rhythmically according to the songs in the background, the performance will be accompanied by the engaging tunes of percussions. One of the main features of this dance form is the uncombed hair of the participants which will swing in rhythmic waves and is graceful watch.

Many varieties of this art form can be seen throughout the Kerala, it is also called Neeli attam in North Kerala. Maddalam, Para, Maram, Karu, Kokkaro are the major accompanying instruments for Mudiyattam. In some places instruments like Chenda, Tappu, Udukku, Kadumthudi and Kaimani are also used.

Mudiyattam is characterised by the graceful movements of the head and wonderful vitality.

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