Koothu Dance is one of the prominent and oldest dance forms of Kerela. This dance is a combination of acting and dancing. Koothu means dance.The principles used in this dance form is closely related to the principles laid in the Bharatha's Natya Sastra. This dance is 1800 years old. It is mainly performed in temples and the audience was mostly restricted to the upper class Hindus.
The instruments used during the performance include Mizhavu which is a huge drum and cymbals. The mizhavu is played by a male person who belongs to Nambiyar caste and the cymbals are played by the women. Verses are also sung during the performance.
Padma Shree Mani Madhava Chakyar is considered as the greatest Koothu and Kutiyattam artist of modern times. He brought Koothu and Kudiyattam outside temples by performing it outside for common people.