Glossary of Terms

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Kathakali : Kathakali (Malayalam: കഥകളി, kathakaḷi; Sanskrit: कथाकेळिः, kathākaḷiḥ) is a stylized classical Indian dance-drama from Kerala.
Kshethram : Hindu temple.
Kalamezhuthu : A ritualistic performance where figure of the deity is drawn on the floor with natural powders ( five colours- Yellow, red, black, green and white). To complete the ritual, folk songs and some tantric rituals are performed and finally the whole drawing is rubbed off by the performer in trance.
Kaliyattam : The festival of Theyyam-s
Kodiyettu : The flag hoisting, the ceremonial start of the festival
Kutiyattam : Also called Koodiyattam. Sanskrit theatre tradition of India, but now exists only in Kerala. UNESCO has recognised it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The supporting instruments are Mizhavu, Edakka (both percussion instruments) and Kuzhithalam (tiny cymbals). Costuming and facial make up are very intricate and colourful.
Koodiyattam : Also called Kutiyattam.The Sanskrit theatre tradition of India, but now exists only in Kerala. UNESCO has recognised it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The supporting instruments are Mizhavu, Edakka (both percussion instruments) and Kuzhithalam (tiny cymbals). Costuming and facial make up are very intricate and colourful.
Kazcha Varavu : Colourful procession with offering to the deity.
Kalam : The ritual drawing of characters. The process of drawing is called Kalamezhuthu
Kalamezhuthum Pattum : A ritualistic performance where figure of the deity is drawn on the floor with natural powders. After folk songs and some tantric rituals, drawing is rubbed off by the performer in trance. The ritual Kalamezhuthu (drawing) and Pattu (song) together is called Kalamezuthum pattum.
Kalasam : The pot - holy water is carried in pots to offer to the deity. This system is followed by both folk and classical tradition of worship.
Kala Vela : Decorated effigies of bullocks are brought to the temple by devotees ceremoniously and dedicate it to the deity for the well being of the cattle. The performance with this is called Kalakali.
Kanalaattam : Ritual performance in burning coal, where a performer walk across through it with bare foot.
Karimkali : A folk form of Goddess Kali.
Kavadi : A bow shaped decorated frame, carried by the devotees of Lord Bubrahmanian, as a mode of worship. There are different types of Kavadi like Pookkavadi (decorated with flowers in many layers), Ambalakavadi ( the tall one in pyramid shape) etc.
Kettukazcha : Huge effigies of chariots, Bullocks and figures of characters from Hindu mythology, constructed in bamboo or arecanut tree are taken in procession and offer to the God.
Kuthira Vela : Processions of decorated effigies of horses are brought to the temple by devotees and ceremoniously. The performance carrying this horse is called Kuthira Kali.
Kolam : The head gears used in rituals like Padayani, Theyyam, Mudiyettu etc.