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Parichamuttu Kali (Malayalam? ) is an Indian martial-arts dance form of Kerala practiced by the Nazrani Christians who trace their origins to the evangelistic activity of Thomas the Apostle in the 1st century.[1][2] It is performed by men bearing swords and shields and follows the movements and steps of Kalarippayattu.


The origin of the art can be traced back to ancient days when Kalarippayattu, a martial art of Kerala, was in vogue.[3]


The dancers are usually dressed in a white loin cloth with red wrist bands and sing in chorus as they dance. The performers dance with sword and shield on their hands. The group is usually headed by a leader called Asan around whom the rest of the dancers perform.[4] The dance used to be performed as a religious offering but is nowadays gaining popularity as a Syrian Christian entertainment art.

Current situation

Currently both Parichamuttukali and Margamkali are included in the State Youth Festival of Kerala. This makes these art forms a competitive item in the Four-tier system (i.e. School, Sub District, Revenue and State level) Youth festival.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Parichamuttukali". Kerala Tourism.
  2. ^ a b "Margam Kali - History, Text, Lyrics, Theme, Early Reference and Modern Developments". 4 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-31. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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