Here is a depiction of a typical Padayani dancer. Padayani as the word suggests, is connected with ‘Pada’which means war ‘ani’ means rank. So this folk art form has martial art association. The action, rhythm and posture are to create terror in the minds of the spectators. Feudal wars in medieval Kerala find their echo in Padayani. This dance is staged in Kuttanad and Kadammanitta and such places in Central Travancore (Kerala), in the Kavus (temple grove) there. Stories of Padayani are based on mythology and the dance is not so elaborately and subtly choreographed, but the head-dress and costume are highly decorative, painted by local artists using natural colours and the materials are tender coconut leaves, areca nut leaves, etc. The figure is in a trance posture and the total effect is of terror or bibhalsa and it has great documentary value.