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Patayani

 

To appease a Goddess, one must ensure perfection at all costs. Bhadrakali Temples in Central Kerala do conduct a traditional folk art which is performed to appease the Goddess. It is said to that this art form have originated from prehistoric times and is known as Padayani. The great Padayani festivals of God’s Own Country are said to have been derived from the dance performed by Lord Shiva and other Gods, to appease Goddess Durga. Today, the music, facial masks and often even satirical content, is an integral part of the fabric of the State. These performances depict the mythological behemoths in a variety of forms. The colours, decorations, rhythms and sheer vitality on display leaves every spectator enthralled.

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