GUWAHATI, March 31 � The Kutiyattam Festival, organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi got under way today at Srimanta Sankar Kristi Bikash Samiti, Paltanbazar Namghar, Guwahati and Madhavdeb Shastra Adhyanagar, Barpeta Sattra, Barpeta.
Kutiyattam, with an antiquity of 2,000-plus years, is the only surviving Sanskrit theatre tradition of India. It retains the strong and distinctive local flavour of Kerala and has been hailed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a �masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.� Literally, the word Kutiyattam means acting together. The artform lays great stress on abhinaya (acting).
Acts like Surpanakhankam, Jatayuvadhamkam and Draupadi would be performed in both the venues on the three days of the festival.