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Chavittukali

A tribal dance form in the southern Malabar region, chavittukali is performed by tribes like kanakkar, cherumar, pulayar and koodaar. Though not essentially ritualistic in nature, the art form is performed mostly during temple festivals especially in Bhadra Kaali temples. Occasionally the art form is taken outside the precincts of temples and is played at houses and paddy fields.

There are two divisions in chavittukali, the one played by men are called aankali and the one by women are called penkali. Difference would be there in the steps and rhythms of these two types. Usually 10-12 people are required for a performance. The dance is choreographed in such a way that anyone can partake in it.