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Burra' is a special instrument used by two performers who dance encourage the main story teller by exclamation and questions.
The Burra katha demands oratory as well as dancing skills on the part of the performers.
Burra katha needs three people to enact the story telling.
While the main artiste is dressed in a colourful attire with a garland round his neck and a tambura slung across his shoulder, the other two artistes dressed similarly question the narration to alert a sleepy audience.
The two accompanying artistes have a drum and hand taal .
The theme of the story could be anything that has happened or is happening.
This dance is also a feature of most welcomed festival, Navratri.
The Ras is simple and is generally performed by a group of young people who move in typical style in measured steps around a circle, accompanied by a singing chorus and a host of musical instruments like the dhol, cymbals, zanz and shehnai.
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He was was born in Kilimanoor Palace.
Even at the young age his talent was spotted by his uncle Raja Raja Varma, and gave him initial training in painting.
Later he learnt water colour painting from the palace artist Rama Swamy Naidu.
He learnt oil painting from the British artist Theodor Jenson.
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