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Theyyam
Oppana


Kerala is the only state in India that has such myriad forms of performing arts that are grand spectacle of colors and costumes.

Kozhikode town itself has many temples, the most important of which are the Tali Temple, the Trivannur temple, Azhakodi temple, Varakkal temple, Bilathikulam temple amd Bhairagimadom temple. Some of these temples contain sculptures and paintings of very high artistic order. The Thiruvilangad temple contains many ancient sculptures. Its gateway is interesting because it is built in the same style as the Jain Bastis.

During temple festivals and improtant social functions entertainments like Koothu, Kathakali, Ottanthullal and Kaikottikali are performed. There are also ritual dances such as Thira and Theyyam.

One of the favourite pastimes of the Muslims of this district is the singing of the Mappilapattu and Oppana. These songs are sung in a distinctive tune and cover a wide range of themes.
 
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