- 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)
- Sattriya is a combination of music, dance and drama.
- It is a centuries-old living tradition of Vaishnavites of Assam.
- 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 only
- 1 and 2 only
- 2 and 3 only
- 1, 2 and 3