Chavittunatakam is a colourful theatre form of Kerala is featured by the rhythmic high-stepping of artistes. Played like a dance drama, Chavittunatakam originated among the Latin Catholics in the early phase of Portuguese colonization in the state. Chinnathambi Pillai and Vedanayakam Pillai, two 17th century scholars are credited with the invention of Chavittunatakam.
The themes adopted are heroic tales from the Christian lore. A sort of archaic Tamil is used for the dialogues, which are delivered in song form. The colourful costumes bear strong resemblance to those of the European opera.