Thousands throng the seven-day annual International Folk Festival in Kullu valley that attracts artists from various parts of the country. After being declared an international festival in 1972, the festival has assumed multilingual dimensions and cultural troupes from abroad perform during the festival. Dussehra, also called Vijaya Dasami in Tamil, is one of India’s two major Hindu festivals. It’s a great time to see one of Kerala’s great folk art forms, called Pancha Vadyam (or “five instruments”). Featuring three different types of drum, horns, and the conch shell (and the bells that are common in Hindu religious music), it really shows off the great syncopated rhythms of south Indian music.