Naaykar Kali

Also called Naikar Kali, Naaykar Kali is popular among the tribes of Wyanad and Malappuram districts. It is more ritualistic than entertainment oriented. This is performed as a pooja to family deities and during marriages. When the instruments, Thappu and Kuzhal start playing, the naikars begin their performance. With jingling anklets round their legs, they dance round in clock-wise and anti-clockwise movements to the accompaniment of the instruments. In between they shout 'Hoy Hoy'. Thappu and Kuzhal are the musical instruments used.