Thidambu Nritham

Thidambu Nritham is a form of dance associated with temple festivals. Believed to be over 600 years old, a typical Thidambu Nritham features a man carrying the decorated image of the presiding deity (thidambu) of the temple. Wearing a skirt of pleated cloth, a silk vest, ornaments and a decorated head gear called Ushnipeetam the dancer moves around outside the sanctum sanctorum. Various stages of dancing are involved and the dancer is usually accompanied by a group of artistes, playing percussions and couple of men holding traditional brass lamps.

Thidambu Nritham is popular in Kannur and in some parts of Kozhikode. It is performed by Namboothiris and Marar plays on percussion instruments. In Thidambu Nritham, persons from Nambissan, Warrier and Unithiri communities serve as assistants of Namboothiris.