Parichhamuttumkali (shield-hitting dance) is another dance which is performed by both the Hindus and the Muslims. The dancers hold a stick and a shield in their hands. Most probably in earlier days dancers used sticks in the dance instead of swords. The training of this dance is much similar to that of the Kalaripayettu. The dance is similar to Kolkali, but the songs are different and are sung to the rhythm provided only by the cymbals. The performers strike stick against stick or stick against shield. The deep bends and body extension required in the performance, as also the leaps and turns, have great similarity with those of Kalaripayettu.
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