Bharathakoothu III: Storytellers and Performances

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Published on: 26 September 2018

M.D. Muthukumaraswamy

M.D. Muthukumaraswamy is a Tamil writer, Director of National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai, and Consultant at Sahapedia.

In this section, we will see the interaction between the storytellers, the theatrical performances (Koothu), and rituals in Bharathakoothu. Though conventionally the storytellers narrate Mahabharata in the afternoons and the Koothu would take place as all-night theatrical performances, during Bharathakoothu there are many occasions where the storytellers play crucial roles guiding and narrating the course of events.