stories are about kings, princes, queens, demons, sages and gods. Heroic
male characters wear crowns, shoulder and breast ornaments and wide skirts.
Tamil the wooden ornaments are called 'kattai' - that's where the theatre's
name comes from: Kattai-k-kuttu (theatre in which the characters wear kattai
ornaments). All Kings carry a small wooden sword, which they swing in the
air. When they dance they make fast pirouettes. These are called 'kirikkis'.