Krishnanattam, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyattam ,Thidampu Nritham, Chakyarkoothu, Arjuna Nritham Ottan Thullal etc and Thiruvathira Kali(Kai kottikali), Margam Kali, Oppana etc also possess a classical touch.
The visual art forms prevailing in Kerala in the category of Folklore group are
of many varieties and types.These are all having a long tradition and still follows the original procedures and cults.But the popularity of many of the
folklore art forms have diminished because of modern urban life style .Different communities in the society solely performed many of the art forms and the
new generations are not very much interested in them.But Government and many other
for the artistes.
The ancient visual art forms were usually intended for religious purposes.They
Several other visual forms were for purely entertainment purposes.Many were
used at the time of celebrations like harvest,marriage etc.
Singing folk songs were a tradition and custom while doing works in the agricultural fields.The songs sung during sowing seeds were different from the songs sung during harvesting.
month 'Karkadakom'(July-August) was a problem causing month for farmers and a large sector of people.Epidemics were common during this time of the year and many people would not be having enough money with them in this month.Next month Chingam is harvest period and therefore Aug-Sept would be celebration month.
The folklore art forms performed in olden days during 'Karkadakom' were mainly to remove evil spirits.(Mariyattam,Kalanattam,Vedanattam etc).In the month of Chingam "Oneswaran,Kummatty,Pulikali,Thumbi Thullal,Thiruvathira Kali,Kummi Kali,Kala Vela,Kathir Vela " etc are all performed and boat races
including Snake Boat races etc are also held as part of the celebrations.From the month of Chingam festivities of different varieties related to Temple,Church and Mosques as well as other types of celebrations are also common.
For classical art forms like Kathakali, colourful dress is used and colourful ornaments are also worn on several parts of the body such as neck,ears,hands,shoulder,waist, nose etc..Mostly they wears ornamented headgears (Crown) also.
The ancient folklore variety such as 'Padayani Kolam', they employs natural materials such
as arecanut sheaths,natural colours,tender coconut leaves etc.They make
artiste's will be also covered with appropriate effigy.
The traditional musical instruments used in Kerala for the folklore art forms are mainly "Maddalam,Thakil, Thoppi maddalam,Chenda,Murichenda,Kuzhal,Kudam,Veena,
The ritualistic art forms are performed as per the rules and regulations which are followed exactly from generations to generations.The songs sung for these art forms are all transformed from one generation to the next.
Some varieties of the folk art forms are performed by women but majority are
like 'Kalari Payattu' for performing them.The names of some folklore visual
art forms are as follows:-
" Kaliyattam, Karineeliyattam, Karadiyattam, Mayilattam, Bhadrakaliyattam, Theyyattam, Neeliyattam, Kurathiyattam
Tholpava koothu, Kaniyan Koothu, Malankoothu, Ayyappan Koothu, Pavakoothu,
Karadikali, Ochira kali, Ivar kali,Uriyadi Kali, Ezhamuthi kali, Kambadi kali,
Kalamezhuthi pattu, Sarpam pattu, Pana pattu, Pulluvan pattu, kalam pattu,
Kaliyoottu, Mudiyattam, Garudan Thookkam, Kuthiyottam, Mayilpeeli Thookkam, Mudiyettu,
Kummatti kali, Kummi Kali, kai kotti kali, kol kali, Thiruvathira Kali,
Chuvadu kali,Kaala Kali,Charadupinni Kali, Seetha Kali, Paricha Kali, Visari Kali, Parichamuttu Kali, Pavakathakali, Sangha Kali,
Thumbi Thullal, Kolam Thullal, Theyyam, Thira, Adavi Thullal, Amman Thullal, Komaram Thullal, Garudan Thullal,
Karaka Nritham, Thidampu Nritham, Arjuna Nritham, Garuda Nritham, Pambatty Nritham,
Kakkarassi Nadakam, Siva Nadakam, Sakthi Nadakam, Chavittu Nadakam,
Poorakkali, Theeyattu, Arabana Muttu, Daff Muttu, Margam Kali, Oppana etc.