Parichamuttukali is a martial art form performed by the Christians of northern and central Kerala. The origin of the art can be traced back to ancient days when Kalarippayattu , the martial art of Kerala, was in vogue.
Parichamuttukali is a group dance performed by men bearing swords and shields and follows the movements and steps of Kalarippayattu. The group is usually headed by a leader called Asan around whom the rest of the dancers perform.
The Asan sing songs to the chimes of a bell. Musical accompaniment is restricted to ilathalam and the din made by the rhythmic clapping of swords and shields. As the pace of the dance gradually heightens, the music also reaches a crescendo.
The dancers are usually dressed in a white loin cloth with red wrist-bands
and sing in chorus as they dance. The dance used to be performed as a religious
offering but is now a days gaining popularity as a Christian entertainment art.