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Dance: Regional Tradition: Kerala
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Kerala, the southwestern-most state in peninsular India located between the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, occupies a total area of 62,543 km2 and defines a coastline of 580 km. Its geographical position and abundance of natural plant products add to its natural beauty and serenity, and Malayalis popularly refer to it as “God’s own country.” The deities, pilgrimage, and traditions of Kerala reflect aesthetic beauty and diversity (Pati, 2009). Such diversity can be observed in the performative t…

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Pati, George, “Dance: Regional Tradition: Kerala”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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