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  • Ottanthullal (or Thullal, in short) is recite-and-dance art-form of Kerala
  • It is famous for its humour and social satire, and marked by its simplicity as opposed to more complex dance-forms like Kathakali and Koodiyattam.
  • Strictly follows principles of Natya Shastra written by Bharatmuni.
  • It is performed solo and is conducted during temple festivals from temple premises.
  • The songs are very fast and are written in Malayalam.
  • Along with the dancer, there is also a singer who repeats the slokas.
  • The musical instruments used are Mridangam, Elathalam, Maddalam.
  • The performer is called Thullalkaran
  • A great Malayalam poet called Kunchan Nambiyar introduced Thullal in the 18th century.
  • The makeup is like Kathakali.

Source: The hindu

Previous Year Question

Q.1) With reference to the famous Sattriya dance, consider the following statements: (2014)

  1. Sattriya is a combination of music, dance and drama.
  2. It is a centuries-old living tradition of Vaishnavites of Assam.
  3. It is based on classical Ragas and Talas of devotional songs composed by Tulsidas, Kabir and Mirabai.

Which of the statements above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3


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