Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chakyarkoothu

Chakyarkoothu, also called koothu, is one of the oldest classical theatre arts of Kerala. It is a solo dance is usually performed in the koothambalam of temples to the accompaniment of the mizhavu and elathalam. The performance starts with the invocation of the presiding deity of the temple. The narration of the story, generally picked from the Epics, is portrayed with the thandava dance movements, gestures and facial expression according to the guidelines given in the Natya Sastra.
Koothu is marked for the presence of comic element, which adds to its dramatic 
character. The costume worn during the performance is colorful and unconventional 
with an unusual headgear.

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