Glossary of Terms

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Mudiyett : Mudiyett or Mudiyettu is a traditional ritual theatre and folk dance drama from Kerala that enacts the mythological tale of a battle between the goddess Kali and Darikan, the evil force.
Melam : A harmonious synchronisation of the musical instruments viz. Chenda (Percussion-two types- Uruttu Chenda & Veekkan Chenda), Kombu (horn), Kurumkuzhal (short pipe) and Elathalam (heavy cymbals). This is an essential item in many temple ritual processions.
Mudiyettu : Performing art based on the myth of Goddess Kaali, performed as ritual in Bhadrakali temples. This tradition is also recognised by UNESCO as a heritage of Mankind.