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One of the prominent ritual art forms of northern Kerala, especially in Kasaragod and Kannur district Poorakkali is an integral part of pooram festival celebrated during the month of Meenam (March-April). Pooram is celebrated to praise and please the god of love named Kamadeva. The festival lasts for 9 days, starting from Karthika day to Pooram day. The song sung by the group leader who is known by the name Panicker is repeated by the other artists, in chorus. This is a dance done rhythmically with elegant steps around a sacred lamp. While dancing the players clap their hands uniformly to the tune of the song and according to the Thalam by the group leader. Poorakkali has got 18 different forms. The stories are often adopted from the epics like Ramayana.

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