Serpent as the storyteller

  • | Thursday | 12th October, 2017

Apart from Chakyar Koothu, it is the main accompanying instrument in Koodiyattom and Nangiyar Koothu. References to Koodiyattom and Chakyar Koothu are found in ancient Sangam literature and also in the epigraphs belonging to the Pallava, Chera and Chola periods. Watching Chakyar Koothu at the Ernakulathappan Temple in Ernakulam was a treat. Chakyar Koothu is performed as a solo narrative act and the performer wears a distinct headgear resembling the snake’s hood to signify that the story is being told by Anantha, the thousand-headed serpent. While members of the Chakyar community are the traditional performers of this art form, the Ambalavasi Nambiars are the mizhavu players.

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