Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


Malappulayan is a tribal group living in the hilly district of Kerala, Idukki. It is believed that they had been migrated from Tamil Nadu. Being a tribal community, Malappulayan tribe also has so many religious festivals as they worship various gods and goddess like Mariyamman, Kaliyamman, Meenakshi and so on. One such dance they performed during the festival is Malappulayattam.

Wearing traditional costumes, both men and women perform this dance in circle. Tribal instruments like Chikkuvadyam (a percussion instrument), kidumutti, kuzhal, kattavadhyam are accompanied for Malappulayan dance.

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