I’m a keralite. So temple arts are very close to me. I like temple arts much more than a movie. And yesterday got a chance to see such one in a nearby goddess temple.

The renowned poet of that century Kunjan nambiar was the founder of the art ottanthullal. He was the mridangam specialist in another temple art Chakyarkoothu. Nambiar acciadentally fall asleep during the play. Chakyar, the artist of Chakyarkoothu made fun of him in front of the public. 

He became very angry and the next day he arranged a stage with thatched roof. His subjects were the social inequalities that existed at that time.

Gradually Ottanthullal gained wide acceptance and the viewers of chakyarkoothu gradually reduced. 

   Finally, chankyar came and seeked for his apology. 

   Among his poem, Kalyanasougandhikam play is most renowned play.

This story gives us the message to live without ego. Ego can destroy us. If we can conquer the world, it doesn’t mean that you can conquer all things. 

 Please do watch the play………….. 


5 thoughts on “Ottanthullal

  1. I love it when I get to learn something new from a fellow blogger. I had never heard of the art form. I did a little Wikipedia searching and it is amazing how much diversity there is in your performing arts. I look forward to your future posts.

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