Ottan Thullal : Dance Art Form Of Kerala
Ottan Thullal is a recite-and-dance art form of Kerala, India. It was introduced in the eighteenth century by Kunchan Nambiar, one of the Prachina Kavithrayam
- Seen at temple festivals and cultural programs, these performances use elaborate expressions and stories recited in verses to bring important mythological tales and stories to life.
- It is epitomized by humor, satire, and social criticism
- The costume and makeup of the performer are similar to that of a Kathakali artist
- The thullal performer is supported by a singer who repeats the verses and is accompanied by an orchestra of mridangam or thoppimaddalam (percussions) and cymbals.
- It has spawned into three separate versions which include- Ottanthullal, Seethankan thullal and Parayan thullal.