performances take place in villages. The stage is a square piece of ground
somewhere in the middle of the village. A performance is eight hours long!
It starts at 10 pm and goes on until 6 am the next morning. Imagine how
many songs and words you need to fill an entire night......
good actor knows at least two 'big' roles of any play. He is on stage for
4 or more hours when he plays a 'big' role. There are more than 20 traditional
Kattaikkuttu plays. That means that he knows 20 x 4 x 2 = 160 hours of text
performances tell the stories of the Mahabharata.
This is an old story of jealousy, power, war, virtue, loyalty, love
and hatred. Because it is very, very long, the Mahabharata has been divided
into episodes. Each Kattaikkuttu play shows a separate episode.