A one man theatrical dance form or a monologue of Kerela that voices out great tales of the Ramayana, Mahabharata and other Puranas, followed by the changing trend of being showcased as a modern stand-up comedy act and other issues of socio-political protest. Koothu means dance and Chakyar is the priestly caste of the Ambalavasi Nambiar community.
This dance form dates back to more than 1800 years old and comprises of minimal choreography with the story based on Sanskrit style of ‘Champu Prabandha”- a mixture of prose and poetry.
The papier mache doll shown on this page veils itself in accurate costume and expressions of a distinctive headgear that resembles a snake’s hood, symbolizing the narration by Anantha, the thousand headed serpent; characteristic mask that reflects out the various shades of social animal, thick black moustache of patriarchy, torso smeared with sandalwood paste and red dots all over the body; performed wearing this uniquely stylish costume of a short lengthed top, frilled knee length dhoti decorated with a border and a multicolored long belt that hangs in the front.
The hardwork, accuracy, beauty and precision of the artist is to be applauded as the first impression of this doll makes us realize the years of fruitful experience of the artist in this delicate technique of papier mache.