Performing Masters of Koodiyattam has been a major force in popularizing Koodiyattam by taking it out of the Hindu temples. The most important exponent of Koodiyattam is Ammannur Madhava Chakyar. He has received Padma Bhushan Award and in the 1980s, he became one of the first Koodiyattam performers to present this art to an international audience. Several plays such as Balivadham, Thoranayudham, Asokavanikankam, Hanumaddutam, Jatayuvadham, Surpanakhangam, Thoranayudham and Ankuliyankam are greatly popularised through the art form of Koodiyattam.
Koodiyattam is recognized by the UNESCO as one of the masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity. It is a comprehensive theatre form that has existed since before the 10th century AD and is Indias oldest theatre to have been continuously performed.
Performing Masters of Koodiyattam
Some of the famous Masters of Koodiyattam are as follows: