|Koodalmanikyam Temple, Thrissur tripadvisor.in|
|Koothambalam Vadakkumnathan temple Thrissur.flickr.com|
|Kerala Kalamandalam, Thrissur, Flicker|
Kothambalam also provides a link between artists and the audience who can appreciate the nuances of the age-old art and dance forms that need to be preserved for the posterity. This, consequently helps the Kerala's ancient traditional dances thrive, besides it encourages the skilled masters who could keep the koothu alive by imparting training to people interested in these ancient dance forms. Needless to say Koothambalams represent a unique element in the cultural and temple heritage of Kerala and its uninterrupted legacy is passing down from generations to generations. They preserve, showcase and transmit the state's classical tradition. In some places the students, under the guidance of a teacher, practise the traditional dance, including Mohiniyottam in the temple theater itself.
|Kerala's native dance Kathakali, Kerala Taxis|
|Native tio Kerala. Mohiniyattam Kerala Tourism|
|Native to Kerala, Koodiyatoom. Outlook India|
That Natyasastra is also notable for its aesthetic elements is true. These performing art forms not only involve physical movements - foot, hand, face, etc., but also an understanding of spiritual well being and mental agility - the ability to mentally transform oneself into that character portrayed by the artist. It requires lots of practice - Sadhana and patience. Spiritually, it will transport the performer into the audience and make them spell-binding. The performer, through his skill and histrionic will make the audience stop other thoughts going on in their mind and experience his character in a parallel reality. The reality is this temple theater is a confluence of divine thoughts where the performers and audience experience ecstasy in the realm of godliness. This is the divine space where the God and Goddess dance in tune, hence the debut performers first try their skill before a select audience and dedicate it to the almighty.