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Chakyarkoothu

Chaakyaarkoothu, also called Koothu, is one of the oldest classical theatre arts of Kerala. This solo dance is usually presented by members of the Chaakyar community in the Koothambalams (Temple Theatres) of temples to the accompaniment of the Mizhavu and Elathalam.The Chaakyar is an ideal satirist who uses narrative, mime, wit and innuendo to communicate with the audience, often cutting jokes even at the expense of the people present there. It is his prerogative, and custom, conferred upon him immunity from interruption during a performance. Themes are usually from the epics.