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Seethakali folk art (Kerala)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: TH

 Context: The Perinad Seethakali Sangham, a group of artists from diverse backgrounds, revived the fading Seethakali folk art form in 2017.


Key Features of Seethakali:

Key Features
Seethakali is a traditional folk-dance drama from Desinganad, Kerala, primarily during the Onam festivities.
ArtistsPresented by Dalit artists from the Veda and Pulaya communities
StorySeethakali portrays the journey from “vanayatra” (exile to the forest) to “andardhanam” (descend into the earth) of Sita, featuring a blend of songs, storytelling, and fast movements.
Blend of ElementsCombines songs, storytelling, and energetic movements
InstrumentsGanjira, manikatta, chiratta, and kaimani instruments
NarrativeStory conveyed through folk-style songs influenced by Vallappaattu Kuthirappaattu, and Rakshasappattu
Oral TraditionThe tradition of passing down songs orally led to a hiatus
Character EnsembleIncludes key characters like Sita, Ram, Lakshman, Ravan, Hanuman