Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


A colourful folk art that combines the agile movements of martial arts with the rhythmic grace of folk dance, Kanyarkali is a delight to witness. Performed in the village temples of Palakkad area, Kanyarkali owes its origin to the pursuit of martial arts in this region, which was under the constant threat of an attack from neighbouring Konganaadu. Dance and comedy were pitched in to add vigour and colour to these training.

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