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KOOTHAMBALAM

This is the model of the original Koothambalam (temple theatre) in Chengannore Siva Temple. It has 32 pillars. This model showcases an atypical and complex style of construction. Koothambalam is a traditional temple theatre for the performance of ‘Koothu’ and ‘Koodiyattam’ in Kerala. It is considered to be as sacred as a temple. They are constructed obeying the Natyasasthra of Bharathamuni. The 16m long and 12m broad structure with a 4m square platform is supported by pillars in the centre. These pillars enable the audience to view the dancer without any obstruction from any angle.
Acc No: W20
Measurement: 72 x 55 cm