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The koothu master

Seventy-five year old Batticaloan Annaviyar Arasaratnam is a koothu master. Hailing from Karavetti, he knows over twenty different koothus. He talks about the history and different styles of this ancient art form and his struggle to keep this traditional Tamil theatre alive today. Photography by Kannan Arunasalam. Music performed by Annaviyar Arasaratnam.