Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Paliya Nritham

Paliya Nritham is the traditional art form of Paliya tribe in Idukki district, Kerala.  Though ‘Ezhamathu Palichi’ is their ancestral god, Paliya tribes are true devotees of Mariyamma. Paliya Nritham or Paliya dance is an art form performed during the festivals held at Mariyamma temple.  

Performers wear colourful dresses made of the bark of Acacia Instia (Soap Bark) and other naturally made costumes.  Mulam Chenda (a percussion instrument made of bamboo), Nagara, Udukku, Urumi, Jara and Jalanka are the musical instruments used for paliya nritham.

Cultural News