Therukoothu, an ancient and vibrant form of folk theatre, is a significant cultural treasure in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The term ‘Therukoothu’ literally translates to “street play,” as these performances traditionally take place in open-air settings, often in village streets or open grounds. Rooted in rich tradition, Therukoothu dates back centuries and is deeply intertwined with the religious and cultural fabric of Tamil society.

Characteristics and Features:

Storytelling: Therukoothu primarily revolves around stories from Indian epics along with local folklore and mythologies. The performances often convey moral and ethical lessons, making them both entertaining and educational.

Music and Dance: Music is a pivotal element in Therukoothu, with performances featuring live musicians playing traditional instruments. Dance and dramatic gestures are used extensively, with artists often executing intricate and expressive choreography.

Costumes and Makeup: The costumes and makeup in Therukoothu are elaborate and colorful, designed to capture the attention of the audience and to define the characters vividly. The makeup can be quite intricate, often taking hours to apply.

Audience Interaction: Therukoothu is known for its interactive style, where performers often engage directly with the audience. This interaction creates a lively and immersive experience, blurring the lines between performers and spectators.

Training and Skill: Performers in Therukoothu undergo rigorous training in acting, dance, music, and martial arts. This training ensures that they can convey complex stories and emotions effectively.

Community Event: Therukoothu is more than just a form of entertainment; it is a community event that brings people together, fostering a sense of unity and cultural pride.

In modern times, urbanization and the rise of digital entertainment have impacted traditional art forms like Therukoothu. TNF is spearheading an initiative to promote this art form in North America while also supporting the livelihoods of those engaged in this artistic discipline.

TNF’s grand event in May will feature a therukoothu based on the story of the generous Vallal Athiyaman. This feature will be presented by film director Sankagiri Rajkumar. We invite participants to audition for roles and become a part of this epic event.

To participate, please contact Raj @ (470) 334-1781 or

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