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:
Folk Theatre of West Bengal Folk Theatre of West Bengal is a fusion of music, dance, drama, stylized speech, and spectacle, folk theatre is a composite art form with deep roots in local identity and native culture.
Mudiyettu Artists Mudiyettu artists are the ones who perform the traditional ritual dance in the Kali temples in Kerala.
Folk Theatre of Gujarat Folk Theatre of Gujarat has its roots in native culture which is embedded in local identity and social values.
Folk Theatre of Maharashtra Folk Theatre in Maharashtra has remained untouched due to the craze and eagerness of the performers as well as the audience.