Aivar Kali

Aivar Kali or Aivar Natakom, meaning the play of five sets, is performed by the five communities of Aasari (carpenter), Mussari (Brassmith), Thattaan (Gold smith), Kalthachan (Mason) and Kollan (Blacksmith).As the five sets represent the mythical Pandavas, this kali is based on the Hindu legend - Mahabharatha. Bhadrakali, a Goddess of Hindus determines to revenge Pandavaas, who killed one of the devotees of Karna. On hearing this, Lord Krishna, a friend of Pandavaas comes to their help. He turns himself into a lamp and makes them sing and dance in praise of her. Pleased by this, she turns away from this. Permanent platforms for the performance of Aivar natakom are there in some of the villages of Kerala like Pallipuram, Adattu, Olarikkara and more.

Kali Asaan is the central character of this play. The performers mask their face with sandal wood paste, wear white dhoti and a towel tied around their heads.The performance starts with Ganapathy Pooja or ritualistic prayer to their deity. At first, the dancers rounds around the wick lamp, in the second stage, they perform using swords and shields. The performance gradually grows vigorous as the song proceeds. Elathalam used in this performance adds to its enjoyments. And the rhythmic movements of footsteps by striking the sticks according to the music are a beautiful sight to enjoy.