Padayani (Kerala) Dance Troupe

Padayani (Kerala) Dance Troupe

Padayani (Kerala) Dance Troupe

We provide Padayani (Kerala) Dance Troupe throughout India. Padayani, also called Padeni, (from the word for military formations) is a traditional folk dance from the central portion of the Indian state of Kerala. A ceremonial dance involving masks, it is an ancient ritual performed in Bhagavati temples. The dance is performed in honor of Bhadrakaali. Padayani is an art form very popular in Kerala, India, used to worship goddess kali. The story line comes as after killing daruka, an asura, goddess was in anger. The bhoothagana, servants of lord siva, danced in front of her to reduce her anger, else her anger would result in the destruction of the whole world. In memory of this incident, the participants wear masks (kolam) made of lathes of the areca tree using one to hundreds. The colors used to make kolam are purely natural. They are made of the green of the lath itself (kamukin pacha), kari (carbon), manjalpodi, sindooram etc.

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