In the journey through the art, Usha felt the desire to enact female characters of strength and personality.
Nangiarkoothu is a narration and therefore the performer keeps changing from one character to another.
Many women characters went off the stage in many classic dramas.
Her grandmother was a consummate Nangiarkoothu performer.
Trained rigorously in the gurukula system by Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, she was taught not just the art but a way of living steeped in values and traditions.