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Patayani is a week- long ritual dance, held in Kaali temples on
the banks of the Pamba river during the Malayalam months of Meenam
and Medam (March - April).
The choice theme of the dancers is the slaying of the demon Daarikan
by the goddess Kaali. The steps and movements of the dance vary
according to each Kolam or character.
Thappu is the major percussion instrument accompanied by a few
Chendas. Patayani masks are made with the fresh spathe of arecanut
Bhairavi (Bhadrakaali), Yakshi, Pakshi (bird) and Kaalari (Siva)
are the main characters.
Various communities targetted for criticism are represented by
Kadammanitta, Kadalimangalam and Othara in Pathanamthitta district?
are famous for annual Patayani performances.