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Aravana Muttu

Arabana muttu or aravana muttu is a popular Muslim art form in northern Kerala. The art form is named after the instrument used called aravana, which is a hand-held one-sided flat round drum made of leather and wood. The art form is usually performed to welcome dignitaries. The leader will start singing which is followed by the group by beating on the aravana in rythm. It is said that the art form is a bit complicated when compared to its close associate - the duff muttu. The songs of the dance are often a tribute to martyrs and heroes. The dancers often toss the drums over their heads and make unique rhythmic steps.