Paniyar Kali

Paniyars are the single largest tribe of Kerala and are located in the Wayanad district. Paniyar kali is highly masculine , 8 or 10 dancers stand in a circle with hands linked together . They move around with rhythmic flexous of the body. They move in the ground in perfect rhythm while using the primitive rhythm and instruments like Karu , Para , Udukku etc . As the dance gathers momentum the circle is swiftly expanded and contracted . At that time the dancers produce a peculiar cry which gradually run up to a high pitch