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Performing Stage of Koothu

Koothambalam is the place where Koothu is performed. It is a stage constructed within the premises of a temple. Normally, the stage is around 16 m long and 12 m broad with a 4 m square platform supported by pillars in the center. During the dance, the stage is decorated with fruit-bearing plantains, bunches of tender coconuts and festooned with fronds of the coconut palm. A ‘Para (vessel)’, filled with paddy is placed on the stage. A tall oil lamp made of brass is used for lighting. The stage will also have the mizhavu, a percussion instrument accompanying Koothu, placed within a railed enclosure, with a high seat for the drummer.

The koothambalams in the Vadakkunnathan temple at Thrissur and Irinjalakkuda temple are famous, where Koothu is being conducted to this day.

Updated on 18th July, 2005


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