Aivar Kali/means the play of the five sets



Aivar Kali literally means the play of the five sets. This is performed by members of Asari, Moosari, Karuvan, Thattan, and Kallasari communities. It is often staged in connection with temple festivals like Veleda, Thalapoli etc. This is a ring dance in which the dancers with small sticks in their hands perform a vigorous and powerful dance. The twinkling of the bells attached to the sticks adds to the charm of the accompanying music which is skillfully varied to avoid monotony. With the singing, the dancing rises to a crescendo of rhythmic fervor and the dancers swirl round, feet in step and the sticks striking perfect time.