Therukoothu is primarily a medium of entertainment but also acts as a stage for social teaching and a guardian of the Indian epics. In a quaint village of Purisai about 120 kms from Chennai, lies the nexus for the ancient art of Therukoothu.
Picture credit - Raja Pandian
The village aims at conserving and promoting the folk art with an establishment for training young artists and conducting festivals, which are famous around the world in the theatre society. Purisai was also the home to Purisai Kannappa Thambiran, who revitalized the art by taking it to international platforms. By adapting narratives from “Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle and Marquez’s An Old Man with Huge Wings” this form of art has brought theatre life Sweden, Singapore, Sri Lanka and even Paris under its spell.