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Pootham Kali Dance

Pootham Kali is a folk art performed by Mannan community in the Bagavathy temples of Malappuram District of Kerala. Pootham is a character who accompanied Lordess Durga in her combat with Darika Asura.The Performers , usually three in number undergo a week of austerity before presentation. Colorful and intricately designed mask=ks carved out of the pala and murukku trees are the highlights of the attire .

The fifteen minute performance starts slowly and works up to a frenzy towards the end. The thudi provides rhythm to the dance which is usually rendered at night.

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