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Thullal is classified into three different
types. Ottan, Seethankan and Parayan based
on the difference in costume, dance and also the metre and rhyme
of the Thullal songs.
Of all Thullal dances the Ottan Thullal is the most
popular. The costume is peculiar and impressive. A
long tape of cloth of white and red color is hooked around a waist
string to form a knee-length skirt. A chest plate adorned with various
types of coloured beads, glass and tinsel and other ornaments is
also used. Gaudily painted wooden ornaments are worn at the wrist,
and on the shoulders. Tinkling bells are tied to the legs just above
the calf. The fact is painted green, the lips are reddened and the
eyes are emphasized with black paint. The head-dress is colourfully
decorated. The metre and rhyme of the Ottan Thullal songs are very
fast, and the dance as such has a high tempo.
In Seethankan Thullal the metre and
rhyme of the Thullal songs are a bit more slow than in Ottan Thullal
and consequently dance is also slower in tempo. The dancer uses
similar skirt as in Ottan Thullal. But the arms, wrists and head
are adorned with ornaments made of fresh tender coconut fronds.
There is no facial make-up except darkening of the eyes.