ART FORM

1) Thitambu nritham is a ritual art form in north Kerala and it is 700 years old. It is  performed only by namboothri community. The dancer usually carries aloft of 10-30 kgs and two namboothris carry a lamp, seven others play percussion instrument. The notable one is the footwork performed according to the thalam.

2) Perini shivathandavam is the state dance of recently declared state Telangana. It was at its pinnacle during the reign of Kakatiyas. It was performed warriors before going to war. Later it has seen its decline with the advent of kuchipudi. And it was recreated by musicologist late Nataraja Ramakrishna during 1970’s.

3) Nangiarkoothu is a solo performance comprises of acting and dancing anddeveloped as a part of ancient Sanskrit theatre koodiattam. Koodiattam literally means acting together. It is performed only by a woman from nambiar community. Hence it is called as nangiar koothu. Nangiar means womenThemizhavu is played by male member and kuzhithalam is played by the female member of the nambiar community. Usha nangiar was the greatest nangiar koothu artist who got trained under ammanur training centre for koodiattam.

4) Tanjore paintings have rich heritage It  has been widely used by people of Tamilnadu from 2nd century. It flourished during chola dynasty of Tanjore and thus got its name. It was patronised by nayakas of Vijayanagara Empire, Rajus of Trichy and Tanjore and Marathas. The paintings were of gods and goddesses since many temples have been constructed at that time. And the paintings have round shaped faces and large and are notable for adornment of semi precious stones, natural color paints, gold foils and glassworks.