Mudiyett is a traditional ritual theatre and folk dance drama from Kerala. Inscribed in UNESCO, Mudiyett is a 9th-century oral tradition and a rare social practice. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil displayed by the killing of the demon by the goddess. The performance involves the use of mask, body painting and is sacred in nature.
It is a ritualistic performance in which actions are performed only according to a prescribed order and invariably followed by other. It is performed in temples of Mother Goddess in Kerala. The drawings in the ritual are done as per Tantric calculations. Also, elaborate prayer is offered to Goddess and hymns are sung for invocation and involves several elements such as the spirit of deity, sacred tree etc. Mudiyett can be also being termed as a theatrical performance because it's also an act of producing and acting. There is a prologue of the play and enactment of mythological tale of a battle between Goddess and Demon myth. There is a musical accompaniment to a play which is produced in accordance with the drama. The characters played in the performance are from Hindu mythology such as Lord Shiva, Narada, Kali and a comic character as well who provides comic relief in the performance.
Mudiyett is on the verge of extinction as only 3 groups are left in India who can perform this act. One of the leading troupes performing this act is PazhoorKunjanMararMudiyettKalakendra. This group has performed at more than 8000 stages across India and abroad as well. GirijanMarar has been awarded 'Indian Central Government Senior Scholarship' and 'The Kerala Government Folklore Academy Award' among other various awards and honors for his invaluable contribution to Mudiyett. Many Indian and foreign researchers had presented their thesis and received doctorates under the guidance of this troupe.