Tour with Shailesh: Mangalam Kali – a tribal dance form of Kasargod

Bakel Fort, Kasargod

Kasaragod is located at the northern end of Kerala, comprising of Hosdurg and Kasaragod taluks which were part of undivided Kannur District. In the east the district is Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka, the Arabian Sea in the west, and the Kannada District of Karnataka in the north. The district is bounded by the Kannur district.

Recently, Bekal Resorts Development Corporation Limited  (BRDC), has conducted a tour programme named ‘SMiLE Ambassador Tour’ as part of their experiential tourism ventures, which has started on 5th and concluded on 8th December.  The participants of the event were the members from the travel and tourism industry. The event has been organized in association with the Association Tourism Trade Organizations India (ATTOI).

Tour operators joining Mangalam Kali at Banam Farm House, a SMiLE venture at Kasargod

The tourists could witness the local traditional art form – Mangalam Kali during their tour programme. Mangalam Kali is a folk dance performed as entertainment mainly performed during marriage functions. As it was related to Mangalam or auspicious functions, it came to be known as Mangalam kali. Common among Pulaya, Kurava, Malaya , Theeya and Mavila communities.

In this video, Shailesh Nair shows the Mangalam Kali performed by the local artists.


Shailesh Nair

Shailesh is the Managing Director of Kochi-based Mystikal Holidays and Director of Green Earth Hotels and G E Ventures.

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