Tuesday, March 9, 2010

OTTAMTHULLAL

There is a Hindu temple near my house.Every year they have a festival for three days. During the festival days a variety of entertainment programmes are held.

One such entertainment programmes during this year was Ottamthullal. Ottamthullal is a very special art form of Kerala state. This is a dance, act and song performance by an actor dressed is a very colorful costume. I enjoyed it. I hope you will enjoy it also. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. Please click on the photos for a larger view.







25 comments:

Brian Miller said...

so colorful joseph...i guess there is no way to show a video? very interested.

A New Beginning said...

Hello Mr. Joseph!!
I love the expressions on the dancers face :) thanks for sharing, its a rich form of art for sure!!

Amrita said...

India has such a rich variety of cultural, folk and classical dances. The unique thing is that many of these dance forms tell a story. They require such and precision and expression. I enjoy watching the movements and expression against the background of music.

Beautiful phhotos.

We have several such events but I can' t go as there is no one to accompany me.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Very beautiful photographs indeed! Ottamthullal could be enjoyed much more if one knows the story.

nikgee said...

Hello Joseph, great pics.There are so man forms of expression. thank you for showing me yet one more.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the artist performing.

Danielle&Hannah said...

Hi Joseph, I hope all is well with you!

Very interesting cultural show. Are the children scared of him?

cheers, Danielle

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Wonderful coulouful photo's Joseph.
It must be 3 days of enjoyment for you.Thanks for sharing.

Yvonne.

Valerie said...

Beautiful picture4s, Joseph, and what lovely facial expressions. I am always surprised but pleased that there is so much colour. The world would be very a drab without it.

Rain said...

Hi Joseph! Oh, that is very cool, he looks great in that costume! Thanks for sharing! :)

Trudy said...

Hello dear Joseph! These are incredible pictures once again. I am always amazed at the festivals you have and all of the fabulous colors and costumes! I think it would be an absolute treasure to be able to take part in so many of these festivals.

Thank you for sharing the photos and experience here!

God's blessings to you!

Margaret Cloud said...

I also liked the expression on the face of the dancer. Enjoyed this post very much and glad you had a good time. The outfit was very colorful and pretty. Have a nice weekend.

Rema said...

Good one - lovely photographs. I too like ottamthullal as they involve audiance and interact well with them. I have hardly seen one or two but I enjoyed which was organised in our Office for Onam 2 years back. We had few Indoasian staff - even they enjoyed and understood through expressions. Thanks for the same.

magicpolaroid said...

ciao Joseph, thanx for sharing, interesting expression of dance!

ρομπερτ said...

Dear Joseph, this must certainly be an interesting story told. One can imagine the movement be in harmony with the drum and its sound.
A wonderful Wednesday for you all.

May said...

Oh Joseph, so pretty and colorful. Hope that you enjoyed the festival. Thanks for providing these lovely pics.

Zayida said...

Hi Mr.Joseph!you do have a nice Blog here with good pictures and thoughts..

do u understand ottamthullal,kathakali and all?i never do..nice pics there and evry1 get to knw this art thru it..good job!

arlee bird said...

It looks like a very playful performance and so colorful.

The other night I watched a rather strange film called The Darjeeling Limited. It takes place and India and much of the action occurs on a train with the same name as the movie title. Watching the film made me wish that I could go to India one day.
I was wondering do they really have passenger trains that are as ornate, luxurious, and colorful as depicted in this movie-- the train travel looked really enjoyable.
Lee

Creativity!! said...

Hello Sir,

Beautiful Pictures!! Thanks A Lot For Sharing :) :)

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Hello Joseph, many thanks for your visits, and kind comments.
The blog about my son and his football happened when he was 17 yrs of age, he played for Bournemouth eventually but when he was 22 he had a broken jaw sustanined playing football, the following year his ankle got smashed and he has steel plates holding his ankle together,
He had to give upplaying football
hence his move to spain to start a new life 11 years ago,
It's true what you say football here is a big business not like the Saturday afternoon matches that were played when I was a child. Personally I think they are paid too much money when there is so much poverty elsewhere in the world.
Manchester United did well against Milan last evening....won 4-0.
Take care Joseph.
Yvonne.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Rema:)

Greetings:)

We have a very rich culture with abundant dance forms. I have missed out on these wonderful dances during the days when I was doing full time work. Now that I have started blogging, I take the time to see and enjoy all these fascinating and colorful art forms.

Best wishes:)
Joseph

Vittaldas Prabhu said...

Joseph Sir,

The pictures are awesome as usual. I wonder what camera you use to click such amazing photographs. I like your method of updating the blog header with your latest pics. It brings newness and freshness to your blog and I feel it every time I visit.

This art form you speak of seems similar to Yakshagana, which is mostly famous in Karnataka. Are they same? At least, they look similar to me. Whatever it is, these are very old art forms and reflect our true culture in the past.

Melanie Rawlings said...

what wonder. nothing i've seen before.
peace

Anya said...

Wow!!
Amazing and very colorful :-)
Thanks for sharing the beauty from your country ....

Unseen Rajasthan said...

I always wish to see this dance but never got the opportunity !! Will surely see it with my own eyes someday !!