Kolkali

Kolkali

Kolkali is an art performed in Kerala, South India. This dance is more than 200 years old. Kolkali means dance with sticks.It is a dance in which both men and women participate. The performers move in a circle, striking small sticks and keeping rhythm to the accompanying music which gradually rises in pitch until the dance reaches its climax. The circle expands and contracts as the dance progress.

Many of the postures, choreography and foot work of the Kolkali characters are taken directly from Kalarippayattu.

The musical instruments used are Chenda, Elathalam, Mathalam and Chengala. Usually it is performed once in a year after the paddy harvest during the month of April. The farmers and all the villagers celebrate the festival together.

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