Folk Art

Keeping a tradition alive

Print edition : October 30, 2015

A Kaniyan Koothu performance. Photo: M. Roy Benadict Naveen

Muthu Perumal, the annavi or main singer. He is one of only about 15 annavis in Tirunelveli district. Photo: M. Roy Benadict Naveen

Chitravel (right) and Muthu Manikandan getting ready for a performance. Photo: M. Roy Benadict Naveen

Muthu Manikandan getting ready for a performance. Photo: M. Roy Benadict Naveen

Kaniyan Koothu is a ritual art form practised during temple festivals. Photo: M. Roy Benadict Naveen

Kaniyan Koothu is performed only by men. Photo: M. Roy Benadict Naveen

The magudam, or frame drum, is played by striking it with the hand. Traditionally, fire is used to heat the skin and sharpen the sound. Photo: M. Roy Benadict Naveen

A small but dedicated community of performers continues to enthrall audiences by performing the centuries-old ritual art form of Kaniyan Koothu in southern Tamil Nadu.
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