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Thidambu Nritham

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Thidambu Nritham


Thidambu Nritham is a form of dance associated with temple festivals. Believed to be over 600 years old, a typical Thidambu Nritham features a man carrying the decorated image of the presiding deity of the temple. Wearing a skirt of pleated cloth, a silk vest, ornaments and a decorated head gear called Ushnipeetam the dancer moves around outside the sanctum sanctorum. Various stages of dancing are involved and the dancer is usually accompanied by a group of artistes, playing percussions and couple of men holding traditional brass lamps.

The video features a Thidambu Nritham as performed in the temple premises of the Kannady Parambu Dharmasastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayappa, in the District of Kannur, north Kerala.

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