Mudiyattam is a popular group dance in Kerala performed with minor variations among different communities and regions in Kerala. It is staged as a ritual dance in different communities including the tribal population. The Mudiyattam has the features of Shaktism, a form of worship of the Hindu Godess Shakti. The woman dancers make rhythmic movements and the highlight is the swirling of their untied long hair. The orchestra used by the tribal communities are para (drum) and karu (high pitch drum) while thappu (drum), udukku (an hour glass-shaped instrument)  and chenda (drum) are used in central Kerala.

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