For Navarathri (Mahanavami Maholsavam) programme, only traditional temple art forms of Kerala are selected for presentation in the specially designed mandapam (stage).
Chaakkyaar Koothu is one such performance art from Kerala, South India. It is primarily a type of highly refined monologue where the performer narrates episodes from Hindu epics (such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata) and stories from the Puranas. Sometimes, however, it is also a traditional equivalent of the modern stand-up comedy act, incorporating commentary on current socio-political events (and personal comments directed at the members of the audience).
Kurathiyaattam or Kurathi Attam is also a traditional folk dance form of southern India.
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