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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Kalenja is a traditional dance form practiced in Tulu Nadu, and
kasaragod district, India. It is a traditional dance which is typically
performed during the monsoon months of July and August.
of the ritual, a person dresses up in the form of a bhuta "spirit"
known as Kalenja. Then, the Bhuta and his assistant, a drummer, go
around the village and dance in front of homes. The householders reward them with rice, coconuts, etc.
It is believed that honoring the Kalenja in this manner will rid the
village of all evil spirits. Kalenja is believed to be the protector of
the village(s) from evil spirits. Hence the impersonator of Kalenja is
welcomed by the villagers during the rainy season. The persons adorning
the role of Kalenja are typically from a community called Nalike. The
costume of Kalenja consists of coconut leaves, colorful dresses and a
cap made of areca spate.