The satirical dance drama of Kakkarissi Natakom is based on
the puranic legends of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati, when they
assumed human forms as Kakkalan and Kakkathi, a nomadic tribe of fortune
tellers, reckoned to be among the lowest castes of society.
The legend only serves as a skeletal framework for the play, which often turns into a subtle critique of contemporary society. The language is a blend of Tamil and Malayalam.
The chief characters are Kakkalan, Kakkathi, Vetan, Velichappadu, Thampuran and the ubiquitous Jester. The Dholak, Ganchira, Chenda and the Harmonium provide the background score.