Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


Mavilar, a tribal community belongs to northern Malabar in Kerala, is known for their unique lifestyle, customs and art forms. One o f the popular art forms of them is Eruthukali, performed on the tenth day of Malayalam month of Thulam (November) and will lasts for any number of days. 

Eruthukali, usually played for entertainment, the main feature of this art form is the Eduppukala (Huge idols of bulls made of bamboo, cloth and hay) decorated with wooden head of bulls. The instruments commonly used for eruthukali are Chenda and Ilathalam. Once the eduppukala is ready, with the accompaniment of dance and song, it will be carried out as procession from one home to other. 

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