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Kutiyattam

Description

A stage presentation of ancient Sanskrit plays on the Kerala stage

 

Traditional Stage

Kuttampalam (also koothambalam) or a theatre house typically attached to a temple in Kerala   

Communities involved

Actors are mostly from the Chakyar community; drummers are from the Nambiars

Source texts

Bhasa's Pratima-natakam, Pratijnayaugandharayana, Swapnasavadatta, Abhisheka-natakam, Balacharita, Dutavakya, Karnabhara, Dutaghatotkacha, Charudatta, Madhyamavyayoga and Pancharatra 

 

Neelakantha's Kalyanasaugandhika and Srikrishnacharita

 

Kulasekhara's Subhadradhananjaya and Tapatisamvarana

 

Kalidasa's Sakuntala

 

Mahendravikramavarman's Mattavilasa

 

Bodhayana's Bhagavadajjukiya

 

Saktibhadra's Ascharyachudamani

Classification of roles

Paccha: Noble, e.g., Sree Raman

 

Katti: High-born, but has come to be dominated by tamasik (darker) qualities, e.g., Ravana 

 

Tadi: Sage figure, e.g., Hanuman

 

Minukku: Less important roles e.g., Narada and female characters

 

Pazhukka: Special roles, e.g., Bhima   

  

Important institutions

Ammannur Gurukulam, Margi and Kerala Kalamandalam

Important Chakyar families and earlier artistes

Kuttancherry Chakyar Matham: Kuttancherry Mootha Chakyar, Kuttancherry Narayana Chakyar, Kuttancherry Damodara Chakyar

 

Ammannur: Ammannur Valia Parameswara Chakyar, Ammannur Cheriya Parameswara Chakyar, Ammannur Madhava Chakyar (Kochukuttan), Ammannur Chachu Chakyar

 

Potiyil: Potiyil Neelakantha Chakyar

 

Cheriya Parisha: Madhava Chakyar

 

Valiya Parisha: Valiya Parisha Sankara Narayana Chakyar

 

Evoor: Evoor Damodara Chakyar

 

Mani: Parameswara Chakyar, Neelakantha Chakyar, Madhava Chakyar

 

Koypa (Painkulam): Painkulam Rama Chakyar, Painkulam Narayana Chakyar

 

 

Present-day artistes

Kalamadalam Rama Chakyar, Kalamandalam Sivan Namboodiri, Margi Madhu, G. Indu, Margi Sajeev, G. Venu, Kalamandalam Girija, Kalamandalam Sailaja  
 

Musical instruments used

Mizhavu, edakka, kurum kuzhal, sankhu and kuzhithalam