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Kottayam Thampuran

The originator of Kathakali



The greatest stimulus to the growth of attakatha as a literary form and kathakali as a performing art came from Kottayam Thampuran. He belonged to the royal family of Northern Kottayam and is belived to have lived in the 17th century. Bhagavata, Kalyana Saugandhikam, Kirmiravadham and Kalakeyavadham are his contributions. Bakavadham ('The Killing of Baka') is believed to be the first kathakali play written by Kottayam Thampuran.


Updated on 24th November, 2015
District: Kottayam

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