Story Dated: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 22:1 hrs IST
Thidambu nritham, as the name conveys, is an elegant dance carrying the decorated image of the deity ( thidambu) on the head.
The dancer wears a striking costume a skirt of pleated cloth, a silk vest, earrings, bangles, necklaces and a decorated turban called ushnipeetam. The performance unfolds in various stages like Urayal, invoking the deity,Thakiladi adantha, Chembada, Pamchan etc. The dancer is usually accompanied by a group of artistes, five of whom play the percussions and two hold aloft the lamps. Thidambu nritham is commonly performed by Namboodhiris upper caste Hindus of the northern districts of Kannur and Kozhikode. And it is staged both inside and outside the temple.
This ritual art form is believed to be over 600-700 years old and follows the principles of dance laid down in Natyasasthra the ancient treatise on performing arts compiled by Sage Bharatha in the second century B.C.