Nattu Koothu is a famous folk dance form of storytelling performed mostly in rural villages of Batticaloa. This dance is a major source of frolic, fun, and pleasure for the villages and it’s generally performed during the village temple festivals. The Koothu is mostly performed by males, as the women's characters are also usually done by folk males.
The performance comprises dialogue interpretation, storytelling, dance, singing and music. Artists with versatile skills and various talents could only perform this dance form. Voicing a dialogue in loud volume is a needed to catch the huge audience's attention since modern sound equipment is mostly not used during the act. Vadamodi and Thenmodi are the two main types of Koothu performed in Batticaloa. Vadamodi is about action packed storytelling with fast tempo drumming, and performers wear heavy clothing usually while performing Mahabaratha and Ramayana acts. Thenmodi is performance with slow tempo and dressed in simple costumes. The prime feature of their performance is their apparels and make up.