Chirakkadavu: Children in Chirakkadavu didn’t quit their learning even after the final exams. Here, they are practicing Velakali with dedicated minds. At the Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple, over forty children have begun practicing the temple dance called Velakali.
And more children are expected to join. They will learn the dance throughout the vacation and will get ready for performances.
Velakali is a traditional martial dance that has been practiced at Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple for years. Children are taught the traditional dance by the Vadakkumbhagam Mahadeva Velakali team headed by A R Kuttappan Nair.
Children aged between 4 and 12 are here to learn the art and it has been taught free of cost.
History behind Velakali
According to belief, Manikandan, prince of Pandalam, learned martial art at Chirakkadavu. As a tradition, men at Chirakkadavu learned martial art and joined the army of Vanjippuzha dynasty. As the dynasty came to an end, the army men formed the art form of Velakali to keep the tradition alive.