Kerala Folklore
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Kothamooriyattam, a traditional art form, was popular in the districts of Kannur and Kasaragod in Kerala. It is a unique cultural performance with martial art elements. The divine dance of Goudavi, the celestial cow, is the underlying theme of Kothamooriyattam. The term "Goudavi" represents "Godavari" in a folk context. Kothamooriyattam is performed during temple festivals. After the Thulam month, Kothamooriyattam is conducted, signifying the acquisition of wealth and prosperity after harvest. Kothamoori theyyam performers, along with musicians and drummers, go from house to house seeking alms. Children play the characters in Kothamooriyattam. They have simple facial makeup, adorned with cow-face-shaped headgear. Kothamooriyattam features simple facial drawings and gestures used in theyyam rituals. Their faces have a reddish color, and their hair is arranged in a circular pattern resembling a cow's shape. They also have two or four accompanying performers. They wear traditional ankle bells and carry small cymbals. Women also participate in the singing accompanying their performance. The Kothamoori group sings and dances. They perform common songs like Harinarayanastuti, Sreekrishnastuti, Annappoorneswari Charitham, Maadayikavilamma Stuti, and Polipattu. The connection between Goudavi and Lord Krishna can be seen in Kothamooriyattam performances. The songs often start with praise of Lord Krishna. Kothamooriyattam, with its vibrant performance and rich cultural significance, continues to thrive in North Kerala today, attracting people from all walks of life. .