Kalaripayattu - The Orients treasure trove, a gift to the modern world and the mother of all martial arts. It traces the 3000-year-old art form to Sage Parasurama- the master of all martial art forms and credited to be the re-claimer of Kerala from the Arabian Sea. Kalaripayattu originated in ancient South India. Kung- fu, popularized by the monks of the shaolin Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma - an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master.
It is combined with singarimelam, The festival involves performances with large flowerpots or Kaavadi along with other performing arts like Sinkarimelam etc. The kaavadi or flowerpots are made separately by 4 or 5 local groups participating in the festival and taken as a procession to the temple. The kaavadi is basically of 2 types , the pookavadi the more colourful one and the ambalakavadi the tall one which is mostly in sets of 5 or 7 made of light weight wood, ornamentation and peacock feathers.Ambalakavadi is combined with Panchavadhyam and chendamelam
It means an orchestra of five instruments.It is a temple art form.Panchavadyam uses differnt intruments but is not closely related to any temple riual but uses a lot of improvisation on the beats on timil,maddalam,idakku.if it is afuedal art is a matter of debate among scholars . It may be the brain child of many artist .Thy created the void for rigid base therby aking it a five stage concert with a mix of composed and improvised parts