Chakyar Koothu (Malayalam: ചാക്ക്യാർ കൂത്ത്)(pronounced [tʃaːkjaːr kuːt̪ːɨ̆]) is a performance art from Kerala, South India. It is primarily a type of highly refined monologue where the performer narrates episodes from Hindu epics (such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata) and stories from the Puranas. Sometimes, however, it is also a traditional equivalent of the modern stand-up comedy act, incorporating commentary on current socio-political events (and personal comments directed at the members of the audience).