Koothambalam - traditional venue of classical art performances
Koothambalam is traditional theatre built as an annexe to some of the Hindu temples for the performance of Koothu and Kutiyattam, two classical dance- dramas of Kerala. Koothamabalams are regarded as holy as the temples themselves and are constructed according to Natyasasthra of Sage Bharata. The performance of the above art forms should, according to norms, only be carried out within these structures. Made of granite, rosewood and teak wood, Koothambalams represent a unique element in the cultural heritage of Kerala. What is seen in the video is the Koothambalam of Kidangoor Sree Subrahmania Swamy temple, one of the rare temples in the state where there are still such theatres.