Famous art forms of
Do you know the famous art forms of Kerala? The different art forms of Kerala include
Kudiyattam etc. Any talented artists are there in respective fields of different arts forms of Kerala. There is
facility for the foreign students as well as the students of the neighboring states who are interested in learning
any art forms of Kerala through performance art schools.
Kathakali, the dance drama was originated in 17th century. Some features of this art include attractive
make-up of characters, detailed gestures, elaborate costumes, good body movements. After a lot of improvements, the
present form of kathakali exists.
In Kathakali, a combination of five elements exist namely Expression or Natyam, Dance or Nritham, Enactment or
Nirthyam, Vocal Song and Vadyam or Instruments.
producing new plays including both traditional stories, historical stories, European classics etc , the
International Centre for Kathakali at New Delhi has taken steps
to promote this art form since 1980. Some of the stories choosing for Kathkali performance include
story from the Mahabharata
heard of Koodiyattam (Kutiyattam)? This art form is 2000 years old. It is a form of Sanskrit theatre. This art
form is recognized by UNESCO. The only surviving specimen of ancient Sanskrit theatre is Koodiyattam. Its
meaning is “combined acting”.
Koodiyattam was reformed by an ancient King of Tamil Chera dynasty, who ruled from Mahodayapuram (modern
Kulasekhara Varman Cheraman Perumal. Two plays namely Subhadraharana and
Tapatisamvarana was written by the King.
Ascaryacudamani of Saktibhadra, Kalyanasaugandhika of Nilakantha, Bhagavadajjuka of
Bodhayana etc are some other
plays presented in Koodiyattam.
Māni Mādhava Chākyār is
one of the noted artists of Koodiyattam.
type of performing art form is Ottamthullal or Ottanthullal. In the 18th century, Malayalam poet
Kunchan Nambiarcreated this art
form. This art form has a single actor, wearing colorful costumes, donning a green make-up. Among common man, this
art form is more popular.
types of Thullal are there namely Seethankan, Parayan and Ottan. These types of thullals differs in costume, the place
of the singing,way of presentation etc. Nambiar remains as an unquestioned mater of this art form even today.
Heard of Moniniyattam? A classical dance form of Kerala is Mohiniyattam. In the
16th century, this dance form is believed to have originated. This graceful form of dance is one of the
8th Indian classical dance forms.
The meaning of the word “Mohini” means a woman and “aattam” means graceful body
movements. In a story, during the churning of the Palazhi, to lure the demons away from the amrita, Lord
Vishnu disguised as Mohini. Sri Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, Sri Vallathol Narayana Menonand Smt. Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Ammacontributed a lot for this
art form. White sari embroidered with golden brocade at the ends
is the costume of this art The vocal music of this art form involves differences in rhythmic structure known
The websites links namely en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koodiyattam, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathakali, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottamthullal, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohiniyattam help you to know more about different art forms.