Puravanthikeis a highly expressive and credible narrative art
which draws its strength from the heavy sprinkling of riddles in its content.
These riddles are folksy, woven around familiar things of daily life and
also amuse people in the form of simple folk poetry and they serve as
excellent channels of social education. In Puravanthike the costumes and
ornaments are colourful. Dressed like warriors, the dancers present a
skilful display of vigour with a sword in one hand and a trident in the