The story of Kerala is mirrored in the evolution of its art and culture and offers a veritable array of performing arts. Thullal is a solo performance combining dance and the recitation of stories in verse. Introduced in the 18th century, Seethanankan Thullal is the slowest of the three forms of the Thullal.
Performed during temple festivals, all Thullal is based on mythological themes. The performer expresses the verses through exaggerated gestures. The fascinating costume the dancer wears includes a black cloth around the head with a band of tender palm leaves which gives the impression of a crown.