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Two Masterpieces of Kūṭiyāṭṭam: Mantrāṅkam and Aṅgulīyāṅkam

Heike Oberlin and David Shulman


Kūṭiyāṭṭam, India’s only living traditional Sanskrit theatre, has been continually performed in Kerala for at least a thousand years. The actors and drummers create an entire world in the empty space of the stage by using spectacular costumes and make-up and by an immensely rich interplay of words, rhythms, mime, and gestures. This volume focuses on Mantrāṅkam and Aṅgulīyāṅkam, the two great masterpieces of Kūṭiyāṭṭam. It provides fundamental general remarks and relates them to pan-Indian reflections on aesthetics, philology, ritual studies, and history. Authored by scholars and active Kūṭiyāṭ ... More

Keywords: performing arts, Kerala, South India, aesthetic tradition, contemporary development, Malayalam, theatre, Kūṭiyāṭṭam, Aṅgulīyāṅkam, Mantrāṅkam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199483594
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199483594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heike Oberlin, editor
Associate Professor, University of Tübingen

David Shulman, editor
Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Opening Up


4 What Is Mantrāṅkam?

David Shulman

5 Pracchana Bārhaspatyam

Orly Hadani Nave

7 Vasantaka

Indu G.

8 Mantrāṅkam

Elena Mucciarelli

10 Tying the Universe

Elena Mucciarelli and Heike Oberlin


12 Aṅgulīyāṅkam

P.K.M. Bhadra and Rajneesh B.

13 The World of Hanumān

Einat Bar-On Cohen

14 Distinct Conventions in the Staging of Aṅgulīyāṅkam Kūttu

Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar and Aparna Nangiar

Tying Up

16 Knowing and Being

Manu V. Devadevan

17 An Actor in Red and White

Sivan Goren Arzony