Parichakkali is a traditional dance form, a folk dance form of Lakshadweep. “Paricha” means Shield and “Kali” means Performance or Game (according to the context). Therefore it is also called as Shield Dance.
The dance is performed with Shields and Swords made of soft wood. This dance form resembles martial arts in the way it is performed. Parichakkali performance is aimed at enacting and honoring the Valor, Courage and Bravery of the Warriors. Dancers perform this item with extreme care as they do not hurt each other even by mistake.
It is a male-dominated art form and the theme revolve around freedom struggle, battle, war etc. The dancers face each other in dual combat during the dance performance. The dance starts at a low pace and gets transformed into a an energetic, strong and powerful form.
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