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Kummaatti,traditional dance/drama ritual in Kerala

Posted by Sathesh on September 4, 2013 at 12:50 AM




Kummaatti” is a term, which will create loads of nostalgia in everyone who belongs to Thrissur


This traditional flock dance/drama concert in the streets during Onam seasons is a treasured art event got patent in the mind of kids who loves the merriments


It was Lord Shiva’s genies, bhootha, and other spirits performing this art to honor and welcome King Mahabali who makes annual visit to his old empire Kerala


A collection of artists clad masks of mythical characters shell their body with diverse leaves (Mainly a grass named “Kummaatti pullu”, dry plantain leaves and many verities of other leaves)


Playing a traditional conversational song in a rhythmic way fortified with the drumming ‘Chenda”and rhythmic claps performs a disciplined dance on their move


The masks are mainly of Ganapathi,Kiratha,kumbhodara and other accompanying demons

Now a days humorous characters like senile old woman (Thalla) and drunkard (kutiyan) also added to the character group to make the event little more funny and trendy  


"Here comes the Kummaatti
There, he is at the gate..."

(De varunnu kummaatti

  padikkaletthi kummatti)


 Is the title song of this performance and they repeat this lines in front of every household they visiting and after that will get in to actual performance, after show people offer the artist money, food like sweets fruits etc.


 


Now this art ritual is presented as a contest during the Onam celebrations in thrissur

 the artists are supposed to be get dressed at a Nair family (Tharavadu) at kizhakumpattukara in Thrissur after call on temples nearby

Earlier the masks were prepared from natural stuffs like plantain stem or arecanut palm leaf peel etc.

Now days that changed in to plastic, fiber and paper pulp


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