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OTTAN THULLAL

Theatrical Satire from the 1700’s

An ICCR-SPICMACAY Presentation

ORIGINS
The Thullal theatre was conceived and written by Guru Kunjan Nambiar (1700 AD), poet, musician , close observer of everyday life, fearless critic questioning contemporary society.

AUDIENCE
Thullal endeavored to appeal and educate the laymen, especially the barely literate soldier class.

Frankness, simplicity , outspoken wit
and humor dominate…

BELIEF
Guru Kunjan Nambiar

“It is impossible to entertain
without laughter. Allow us to continue performing if we are comic, else ask us to leave !”

CONTENT
Each episode is inspired from legend and mythology, firmly anchored in the contemporary, orchestrated with boisterously rhythmic dance elements , sprinkled with humor, satire, wit, theatre and ongoing audience interaction.

SETTING
The Thullal is conceived as being narrated by Ananta, (the divine serpent) to Lord Vishnu, Hence the crown of the dancer is the shape

of a serpent’s
hood.

THULLAL TYPES

MAKE-UP
The makeup is inspired and simplified from the highly stylised KATHAKALI classical dance form.

The green color with white
outline helps highlights the

intricacies of expressions…

COSTUME
Impressive costume and colourful crown are copied from Kathakali, with slight variations. Ornaments are made up mainly

of tender leaves of coconut and
beads.

FLOW
The dancer sings the lines. These lines are repeated by the accompanying artists while the dancer acts them out. The moral of the story is highlighted at the conclusion. The performance finishes with the"Mangalam" a combination of song, dance and "kalasam" ( a sequence of steps) as paying respects to the gods and thanking them.

THE MAN
 Guru S.P. MOHANAKRISHNAN  Lives in Kerela , India.  Is Faculty @ Uni. of Art and Culture.

 Performing Thullal since 1989.
 Has 206 funny bones in his body.

HIS MEN
 Guru Gopinathaprabha C. P. (67) Vocalist  Nayanan N (21) Vocal support  Subi Raj (23) Mridangam  Prakas Rajan (45) Iddaka and make up

ICCR
The Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) was founded in 1950 to formulate and implement policies helping India’s cultural relations with the

world.
The Indian legends myths and folklore speak of an awe-inspiring legacy of tradition, vivacity and synthesis. The arts thus became innate to life. Tradition allowed the precision and purity of the classical arts to flourish and encouraged an interaction among different art forms thus crafting novel idioms. The ICCR is in and about this universe of Indian Performing Arts http://www.iccrindia.net/

SPICMACAY
 Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth. Since 1977..

 Core Purpose : Have every child experience the inspiration and mysticism embodied in Indian and World Heritage.

 Features volunteer run Chapters in 50 countries, delivers 5000+
interactions at educational institutions every year.

THE EYE
A solar eclipse brings complete darkness ..as the Earth and Moon gyrate, the blazing crescent of the Sun emerges and in time becomes whole, revealing itself blazing , powerful , the

brilliance of Truth itself, unveiled, in a world shrouded
in ignorance in whose embrace, a child is born....