Therukoothu , the Theatre art of Tamilnadu, is usually conducted during village festivals where three or four streets meet; in open air, the place being lit by gas lights. Only men take part; the female roles also played by them. The performance consists of story telling, dialogue-rendering, songs and dance, all performed by the artistes.
The stories are taken from Hindu epics and also from local folklore. The play starts in the late evening and gets over only during the small hours of the nights. The performance is so captivating that the audience are spell-bound unaware of the longs hours. Therukoothu is more popular in the northern districts of Tamilnadu.
Interested youths have been trained in this original Tamil theatre practice and seasonally Mohanam conducts theatre classes inviting experts in Therukoothu.