A great Malayalam poet in the court of Marthanda Varma Ottan Thullal is a very popular art form of Kerala. Kunchan Nambiar is the founder of this art form. Nambiar was a learned man and a born poet. He was born at Killikkurrisimangalam near the Lakkidi railway station in Malabar. Later on, he went to Ambalapuzha and lived in the court of the Raja there. It was here that Nambiar wrote his first Thullal Kadha. He used to play ‘Mizhavu’ for Chkkyar Koothu in the temple. Once he happened to doze while.