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Ottam Thullal

  • 07 Jun 2019
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  • Ottam Thullal is a dance-drama performing art form of Kerala, created by Kunchan Nambiar, as an alternative to the Chakyar koothu.
  • Kunchan Nambiar used it as a medium to protest against the prevalent socio-political structure and prejudices of the society in his time. It went on to become the most popular folk art presented in Kerala temples.
  • The distinguishing factor of Ottanthullal is the performer himself singing and playing the story, which is a tedious task. Another person will recite the same verses. The accompanying instruments for Ottanthullal are Mridangam and Idakka.

Chakyar koothu

  • It is a performance art from Kerala.
  • It is primarily a type of highly refined monologue where the performer narrates episodes from Hindu epics and stories from the Puranas.
  • It is also a traditional equivalent of the modern stand-up comedy act, incorporating commentary on current socio-political events.

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