Kottayam Dance

Kottayam Dance comprises of Arjuna Nritham and Margamkali. The two dance forms are very popular in Kottayam city. The Margamkali dance form is unique among the Syrian Christian community residing in Kottayam. This includes group dances and Parichamuttukali martial arts. The theme of Margamkali dance songs in Kottayam rotates round St Thomas's life. The Margamkali dance is performed by both female and male dancers. The two sexes dance separately.

Mayilpeeli Thookkam is the other name for the Arjuna Nritham dance form. The dance is performed by male dancers. Arjuna Nritham is particularly popular in the Alappuzha and Kottayam districts. Generally one or two male dancers perform this dance during night. The lighting is arranged by Nilavilakku-a traditional lamp of Kottayam. Peacock feathers are used to prepare the lower part of the dancing costume.

The peacock dance or Arjuna Nritham of Kottayam forms an integral part of the culture of Kerala. Many spectators come to watch this traditional dance of Kottayam from all over the world. This dance of Kottayam is usually seen during the 'utsav' or festival time in Kerala. The peacock dance is held at Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple. The event takes place in the middle of March.

Over the years, Kottayam Dance has been an important attraction for travelers from across the globe. The dance forms a major part of the Kerala tourist circuit.

Last Updated on 09/05/2013