Mudiyettu: The Folk Dance from Kerala

- December 23, 2022


Illustration: Aakanksha Patil

Mudiyettu is a ritual theatre and folk dance drama from Kerala. The dance, which depicts the battle between the goddess Kali and the demon Darika, is performed in Bhadrakali temples during the harvest season between February and May. According to the myth, Darika received a boon from Brahma which made him invincible to any man from the fourteen worlds of Hindu mythology. When he started wreaking havoc, Kali fought and defeated him since the boon did not protect him from women.

 

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