Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


Known as Kalavela, Kalakali and other similar names, Kalakettu is performed coinciding with the Bhagavathy Kavu festivals, a festival of the farming community.

Huge idols of bulls made of cloth and hay, decorated exquisitely and adorned with garlands the huge bulls are supported by many on their backs and taken to the grove (Kavu); to the accompaniment of screams of joys and rhythm the bulls are taken out in a procession. The instruments used are Chenda, Ilathalam and Thudi. 

 As the event is performed for the property of agriculture it is mainly performed by farm workers.

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