Ottamthullal or Ottanthullal (Malayalam:ഓട്ടന് തുള്ളല്, is a type of performing art from Kerala. Art, Culture & Festival Column.
Ottamthullal, over the centuries, has a (mostly) single actor, donning a green make-up and wearing colourful costumes (which once promptedPt Jawaharlal Nehru to once remark that Ottamthullal is "poor man's Kathakali") and reciting the thullal lyrics (dance songs), all the while acting and dancing himself. The art form has of late found practitioners from among women too, and is occasionally staged as a group dance form with each artiste representing a character in the storyplay.
The art form still retains its satirical touch, and lends the artiste the freedom to improvise, more so on humour. Its incidental satire makes this art form more popular among the common man. Unlike in the case of Kathakali, the language is pretty Malayalam and the lyrics are set to rhythms that range from simple to rare and complicated. "Pooram" festivals celebrated in various temples in Ottapalam Palakkad. Pooram festivals are colorful shows of Valluvanadan culture in Kerala state India. Valluvanad was one of the early administrative divisions of the Chera kingdom