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Seethakali Dance

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Preliminary   > Art and Culture   >   Dance forms   >   Regional dance forms

Why in news?

  • The 20-member group is set to perform Seethakali folk dance outside Kerala for the first time.

About Seethakali Dance:

  • It is a traditional folk dance of Kerala.
  • This dance form is primarily performed by Dalit artists belonging to the Veda and Pulaya communities.


  • This particular dance involves a drama with dance and songs.
  • It is like a storytelling dance .
  • The story is all about Ramayan specifically related to Sita,Ram,Laxman.
  • The song on which these dances were performed orally passed on from one generation to another.
  • So this dance includes a blend of storytelling,songs and fast movement.
  • There is singing, dancing and storytelling.
  • They use eye-catching markups and ornaments and costumes.

Add ons:

  • Since the 1980s this folk dance popularity has been reducing a lot so it is considered to be a dying art.


Consider the following pairs:

Folk Dance               : State

1. Seethakali Dance     : Tamil Nadu

2. Gaur Maria             : Chhattisgarh

3. Dol Cholam             : Manipur

How many of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

(a) Only one pair

(b) Only two pairs

(c) All three pairs

(d) None