Burra Katha was in news because one of the last exponents of Burra Katha passed away on 12 August 2014. Burra Katha or Burrakatha is a Telugu art of oral storytelling. It is performed in Coastal Andhra region, Rayalaseema and Telangana.
The term Burra refers to tambura and Katha means a story. Thus, Burra Katha is an art of storytelling in which narrator plays tambura while narrating.
Burra Katha, a narrative art, consists of prayers, dance, songs, poems and jokes. The topic of the narrative would be a mythological issue or a social one.
Different names of Burra Katha
• In Coastal Andhra region, Burra Katha is known as jangam katha.
• In Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh, it is known by the name Tandana katha or suddulu.
• In Telangana, it is known as tamboorakatha or saradakatha.
Performers of Burra Katha
• The group of Burra Katha performers comprises of one chief performer and two co-performers.
• Burrakatha narrators are called Saradagallu.
• The chief storyteller is known as kathakudu who narrates the whole story while dancing and playing tambura, a musical instrument. He wears anklets while performing the Katha.
• The co-performers help the narrator by playing small drums called gummeta.
Popular performers of Burra Katha
• Pendyala Venkateswarrao
• Paruchuri Ramakotayya
• Kosuri Punnayya
• Kakumanu Subbarao
• Mahankali Lakshmi
• Moturi Udayam
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