1) This right here is a beautiful artistic and inrtricate painting depicting Kumbhakarna which is curated out of pure leather and with meticulous work of Tholpavakoothu also known as Tholubommalata (Leather work and puppetry from Kerala )
2) Tholpavakoothu, the unique theatre form of Kerala is an ancient
ritualistic art form dedicated to the goddess. As a temple art form,
it is performed on specially constructed theatre called Koothu Madam in temples.
3) ‘Thol’ means skin (here animal skin), ‘pava’ means puppet/doll and ‘koothu’ means dance.
4) The verses for the performance are taken from ancient palmleaf
writings in tamil. Today they perform in Tamil, Malayalam , English
1) Tholpavakoothu is a traditional art form performed at bhadrakali temples palakkad malappuram thrissur districts.Tholpavakoothu performed in temples at a permenent stage called koothu madamsin front of badhrakali temples. 2) Each puppet is of an average height of 80 cms and is cut out in different postures. The puppets are arranged behind a long white curtain stretched across the Koothumadom. Behind this, on a split bamboo pole, is placed a row of wick lamps burning inside coconut halves. The light from these lamps cast the silhouettes of the puppets on the curtain. The chief puppeteer is known as ‘Pulavan’. At present this ritual art is confined to Ottapalam and Kavalappara in Palakkad district. 3) Kerala has made a notable contribution towards maintaining and enriching the cultural heritage of India. It has evolved through the centuries a rich and diversified culture which has nourished and become an integral part of culture of India as a whole. 4) The lead puppeteer...