Koodiyattam is a form of Sanskrit dram a which is associated with temple
rituals is perhaps the oldest form of classical arts in Kerala.
Kathakali is perhaps the only dance form in which the entire body is used
to portray a story. The Kathakali artistes wear elaborate costumes,
ornaments and facial make-up. This dance drama has been referred to as 'the
first theatre of imagination' in the world.
Mohiniyattom ( the dance of the enchantress) is a distinct type of dance
form which has existed in Kerala for hundreds of years.
Thullal evolved as part of social reformation. Social satire at its best is
seen in the Thullal performances where a large dose of humour keeps the
audience in a constant state of merriment.
Folk arts :
Theyyam,Thira,Mudiyettu, Kaduvakali, Velakali, Kakkarissinatakam,
Chavittunadakam, Margamkali, Kolkali, Parichamuttukali, Bhadrakalipattu,
Pulluvanpattu and Thiruvathirakali are a few of Kerala's folk art forms.
Martial arts :
Kalaripayattu is the comprehensive system of the marital arts of Kerala
regarded as one of the oldest and most scientific in the world. Even kung-fu
is believed to have originated from Kalaripayattu.