The Sanskrit drama legacy : kootiyattam

Expressions makes life amicable .Art forms provide vistas of expression and its always inspiring to take a long meandering drive through India’s art forms galore . As Tagore said Unity In diversity of India is commendable here also. Kootiyattam is said to be the most ancient and ritualistic art form of kerala.all the text and protocols are deduced from Sanskrit text.This is indeed the oldest living theoretical tradition of india .An introduction of koottiyattam as given in the Glimpses of kerala culture written by Princess Aswathi thirunal Gouri Lakshmi bayiis as follows: “ the auditorium is decorated with Banana bunches and golden cocunuts ; the lamp with its three wicks is already lit.Prayers over the nambiar plays Mizhavu to the time beat of the Nangiyars cymbals. This orchestra episode known as Goshti is an invocation for a successful staging. Next is the entry of sutradhara the formal announcer and is the main man behind the play.The instrumental music is support is a key element for performing Kootiyattam.Mizhavu is the most important instrument that produces the time beats and rhythm for this sacred art . Two mizhavu are used when required .Kurumkuzhal , a piped wind instrument is also used when required. This is an amazing art form which had instantly make people to an enjoyment stage.

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