Aharya is constituted b the costumes and the stage.
‘Natyasastra’ provides specific directions in this regars. The constumes in
Kutiyattam were derived from those of various visual art forms extant in the
regionof Kerala. The rice powder that the Vidusaka wears on his face, chest
and hands, the tecciflowers tucked behind his ears, the naga (serpent) symbol
on the crown are al specific to the region.
The colour combinations applied for the jheroic characters
may perhaps have been employed, elsewhere as per the ‘Natyasastra’. The important
Vesha (categories of characters) are as follows:
Pacca : for Sri Rama, Vibhishana,
Minukku : Sutha & Jambavan
Pazhappu : Sutradhara, Rishis (Sages) etc.
Karutta Tati : Sugreeva
Cuvanna Tati :
Velutta Tati : Hanuman
Katti : Ravana
Kari : Soorpanakha
All the heroines dress
alike. Among the vidusakas Vasantaka and Sandilyan differ. The stage is equipped
by a single stool and a lamp with three wicks lit and placed at the front of