Kooththu – An Ancient Tamil Tradition

‘Kooththu’ is a traditional Tamil cultural art form that is practiced in Sri Lanka mainly in Jaffna & Batticaloa districts.It is a mixture of dances and drama sequences.Performers were trained by ‘Kooththu masters’ (அண்ணாவியார்).With the emergence of the modern era ,these centuries old ancient art-forms are now at the risk of extinction.See more images at my official site www.theasianpictures.com.

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A face makeup being applied to a Kooththu performer in Batticaloa – Sri Lanka.

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A young kooththu performer dressed-up as a prince.Future existence of ‘kooththu’ lies on these young volunteers from the rural villages.Certain schools in the Batticaloa district now have implemented curriculum for the after-school training of this ancient art form.

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A kooththu performer dressed as a king is showing an aggresive stance.The trainer (kooththu master) usually stands at the center along with his team.They sing together, cheer-up the performers and even help the actors when the usual make-up faults happen.

 

 

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