The Performing Arts
Blessed as it is by nature and a vibrant people, Kerala also has rich repertoire of music, dance and arts. Most of these are unique to the land and reflect the love for of its people.
The traditional of classical arts has exited in Kerala for more than a thousand years. Koodiyattam, a form of Sanskrit drama which is associated with temple rituals is perhaps the oldest form of classical arts in Kerala.
Kathakali is the traditional dance of Kerala and is one of the oldest forms of theatre in the world. It is a combination of dance and drama where the actors depict charachers from Indian mythology, mainly from the Tamayana and the Mahabharata. The ficial expressions and hand gestures are an important facet of this dance form, enhanced by the traditional make-up and costumes. The make-up is of five types: Pacha, Kathi, Thadi, Kari and Minukku. The bosy movements and footwork in this dance are very rigorous. The dance is performed to live music and tune of Chenda, a drum like instrument that produces thundering beats and the Maddala, an instrument which produces a softer and relaxed sound.
The dance of enchantress is a distnict type of dance form which has existed in Kerala for hundreds of years. Mohiniyattom performances depict love and devotion to God. The hero of most performances is Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna. The vocal musicfor Mohiniyattom is classical Carnatic.
Thullal evolved as a part of social reformation. Social satire at its best is seen in the Thullal performances where a large dose of humour keeps the audience in a constant state of merriment.
Kerala has a rich repertoire of folk performing arts, folk songs and folk drama where we observe man's overpowering rappot with nature and his constant desire ofr communication with the unknown. Theyyam, Thira, Mudiyettu, Kaduvakali, Velakali, Kakkarissinatakam, Chavittunatakam Margamkali, Kolkali, Parichamuttukali, Bhadrakalipattu, Pulluvanpattu, Thiruvathirakali and so on are a few of Kerala's art forms.
Kalaripayattu is the comprehensive system of the marital arts of Kerala regarded as one of the oldest and most scientific in the world. Even kung-fu is believed to have orginated from Kalaripayattu.
Kerala is famous for its Ayurveda centres that offer rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments. Availing Ayurvedic treatments is in fact the main agenda of many tourists who come here. The various herbs used to concoct potions have high medicinal value.
Massages and other treatments that can cure skin, heart, digestive, neurological and several other disorders, are much sought after. Uzhichil, Pizchil, Nasyam and Dhaara are some of the popular treatments.
Meditation and Yoga are also an important part of Ayurveda. Since the science deals with one’s holistic wellness, it also gives due importance to a sound mind. Yoga and meditation helps in this regard. Your holiday in Kerala would be incomplete without trying out these relaxing therapies which will let you return to your homeland, absolutely rejuvenated.