Mudiyettu the ancient ritual art form of Kerala
The Bhadrakali temples in Ernakulam as well as Kottayam districts are the places for performing this ancient ritual art form. This unique dance is based on Hindu mythology that involves a war scenario of Goddess Bhadrakali killing Darika. It is wonderful to watch it at night as it is the ideal setting.
The UNESCO has recognized this dance form as a spectacular art form and added its name among its representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
In the temple premises, the Mudiyettu ritual begins with Kalamazhuthu which encompasses the creation of a highly colourful artwork of the Goddess Bhadrakali. The course of the event is followed by Kalmpooja which means to worship the drawing. After the worship, the drawing is erased and this whole even ends with the musical recital of hymns by the musicians.
Once the stage is set for the drama, grand spectacular visuals begin.
The main characters in the dance are Bhadrakali, Lord Shiva, Darika, Sage Narada, Koyimbadan, Kooli, and Dhanavendran.
Makeup and costume
The dancers adorn themselves by wearing decorated headgears and vivacious colours of costumes and also impressive makeup. In this art form, the percussion instruments are used on the tune of which the artists perform in a very impressive manner. The dialogues are recited in a musical form. The dancers adorn themselves with impressive makeup creating an elation in the viewers’ minds. This stresses over the victory of good over evil.
The overall experience
The portrayal of the fierce rage and fury are depicted with great pomp and vigour and keep the audience spellbound. There is a tinge of humour every now and then in the total performance making it a pleasant experience for the spectators.
Time of event
This significant ritual is held in the month of Meenam according to the Malayalam calendar on the Bharani asterism.
Let’s watch this awesome spectacular dance-Mudiyettu.