Auto-Ethnography on ONAKALI - Slavery folklore to captivate ur-dance world

Rima Rajan


Onakali is a folklore art in central Kerala, particularly Trichur and some surrounded areas of Ernakulam. The form stands at source of 19th century in between Pulaya community during harvesting festivals of Kerala. The Pulaya community was one of the main social group in modern-Kerala following Hindu social order. Onakali is endured with some sort of feudalism, prone the outward traditionalism of higher castes through restraining lower caste art forms. This is an auto-ethnographic observation on unwritten and ur- dance folklore of central Kerala.


Onakali; Chodukali; Kaikottikali; ur Folk tales; Traditionalism

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