Kutiyattam is a 2000-year-old Sanskrit theatre of India. Though originally a ritualistic performing art confined to temples, today Kutiyattam is also performed on public stages. In 2001, UNESCO proclaimed Kutiyattam as one of the ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’. This nomination immensely helped the art form in gaining worldwide recognition.
Presented here is an excerpt from Kailasodharanam, a story taken from the great Indian epic Ramayana. The character on stage is Ravana, the mighty demon king. The artiste skillfully enacts Ravana’s efforts to lift Mount Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva.
Performing here is Kalamandalam Sivan Namboodiri, a doyen of this classical art form.