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Workspace

Tolpavakoothu

Description

Tol-paava-koothu- Tol (leather), paava (puppet), koothu (play)

Performed mostly in Bhagavathy or Bhadrakali temples in the districts of Palakkad, Thrissur and Malappuram in Kerala. 

 

 

 

Duration

7 days, 14 days, or 21 days depending on the duration of the festival and the financial condition of the temple where tolpavakoothu is performed.

Theme

Stories from Ramayana. The performer relies on the text called Adal Pattu which has verses drawn from Kamba Ramayana. He enlivens the performance with his own explanations and interpretations.

Performing space

Performed in playhouse called koothumaadam in temple precinct.

Puppets

Made of deer skin. But the skins of other animals like buffalo and goat are being used now. 

Accompanying musical instruments

Chenda, ezhupara and kuzhal

Performers

Generally from Vellala Chettiar community.