Koodiyattam is a classical form of Sanskrit theatre that originated in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is considered one of the oldest surviving theatre traditions in the world, with a history that dates back over a thousand years.
Koodiyattam is a highly stylized form of theatre that incorporates elaborate costumes, makeup, and music. The actors use a unique form of gestural language known as mudras to convey emotions and tell stories. The plays themselves are typically based on stories from ancient Sanskrit texts such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
Koodiyattam was traditionally performed in Hindu temples by male actors from the Chakyar and Nambiar communities. Today, the tradition is kept alive by a small number of dedicated practitioners, who continue to perform and teach the art form to new generations.
Despite its ancient roots, Koodiyattam remains a vibrant and living tradition, attracting audiences from around the world who are captivated by its beauty, complexity, and timeless themes.
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