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Event Velakali on April 4

The martial art form of Velakali was once an integral part of the annual Painkuni festival of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, and was staged in front of the huge idols of the five Pandavas erected at the eastern entrance of the temple. Legend has it that Velakali, a blend of fighting techniques and graceful steps, symbolises the victory of dharma over adharma – the victory of Bheema over the Kauravas in an encounter during the Pandavas' stay at Ananthankadu during their years in exile. For over four decades, since the 1970s, Velakali was not staged. It was revived in 2011.

For the second time now, Sree Chitra Tirunal Memorial Samskarika Samiti organises a Velakali performance that will feature 101 dancers, led by Amabalappuzha Rajeev Panicker. Catch the performance on April 4 at 4 p.m. at the eastern entrance of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple .

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