Mudiyettu is a traditional ritualistic dance drama performed in the southern state of Kerala, India. It is usually enacted in temple premises and is a significant part of the cultural heritage of the state. The term Mudiyettu literally means 'the dance of the crown' and is based on the story of the goddess Kali and her victory over the demon Darika.
The dance is performed by a group of men, who paint their bodies and wear colourful costumes to represent different characters in the story. The performance is accompanied by the music of traditional percussion instruments like chenda and maddalam.
Mudiyettu is not just a form of entertainment, but also holds a religious significance. It is believed that the performance of Mudiyettu appeases the goddess Kali and brings prosperity to the village. The tradition of Mudiyettu has been passed down from generation to generation, and efforts are being made to preserve this unique art form.
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