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"Padayani" is a 1986 Indian Malayalam film, directed by TS Mohan and produced by Sukumaran. The film stars Mohanlal, Mammootty, Shobhana and Adoor Bhasi in lead roles. The film had musical score by A. T. Ummer. Mammootty, Mohanlal, and Devan play as long-lost brothers after their parents's death. In the end, they reunite to take revenge for their parents's death. The film is a remake of 1973 Bollywood classic Yaadon Ki Baaraat. The film also has Indrajith playing the younger version of Mohanlal's character.


Padayani, also called Padeni, is a traditional folk dance and a ritual art from the central portion of the Indian state of Kerala. A ceremonial dance involving masks, it is an ancient ritual performed in Bhagavati temples. The dance is performed in honor of Bhadrakaali. Meaning, a 'row of warriors', Padayani is an art form that blends music, dance, theatre, satire, facial masks, and paintings. It is part of worship of Bhadrakali and is staged in temples dedicated to the goddess from mid-December to mid-May. Padayani is unique to central Travancore, comprising the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. Padayani is regarded as a remnant of the Dravidian forms of worship that existed before the advent of Brahmanism.

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Google previewKerala Tradition & Fascinating Destinations (2012)

by Biju Mathew

Padayani: Padayani is an artform dipicting the story of the victory of goddess kali who ...

Google previewPilgrimage to Temple Heritage 2015 (2015)

by Infokerala Communications Pvt. Ltd.

Padayani: Padayani is an artform dipicting the story of the victory of goddess kali who after defeating the demon called Darika. It is a colourful ancient art form of Kerala.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Indian Cinema (2014)

by Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Paul Willemen

Avanazhi, OruKatha Oru Nunakkatha;Ithile IniyumVarum; Pranamam; Shyama; Alorungi Arangorungi; Vartha; Kariyila Kattu Pole, Malarum Kiliyum; Padayani; Poovinnu Puthiya Poonthennal; Gandhinagar 2nd Street; PrathyekamSradhikkuka ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Indian Literature (1988)

by Amaresh Datta

Teyyam, lira, padayani, tiyyattu, mudiyettu, kakaris- si, velakali, tiruvatira, ...

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Scrabble value of P3A1D2A1Y4A1N1I1

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