The Benaras gharana of Kathak started with Sukhadev Maharaj, the father of Sitara Devi.

Ammannur Madhava Chakyar made his Koodiyattam debut at Chennamangala at the age of 16, where he depicted the birth pangs of Kausalya at the time of Rama's birth. Many women in the audience wondered how such a young boy could describe with such detail, the labour pains of a mother!

Prabandha Kuttu is supposed to be done by Sutas (sutavritti) and Kudiyattam, an actor's art (natavritti). When in olden days the kings combined these two art forms, they specifically instructed that this temple art should not be taken out of the temple premises. Old timers had made a rule that if such a day comes, when Kudiyattam is performed with 'illathu kuttu' (performance in a house, i.e. outside the temple), 'mannathi mattu' (soiled, impure clothes?), 'matampi vilakku' (a smaller lamp), and 'asakapoovu' (Ashoka flower), then the Chakyar should give a (last) performance for a day at Tiruvanchikkulam Temple, hang up all the costumes in the hall (mandapa) and leave for Kasi (Benares). Such was the purity and divinity associated with Kudiyattam.
('Kudiyattam in temples' by Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, Nartanam, May - Aug 2008).

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