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- This is a form of Hindu religious discourse in which the storyteller explores a religious theme, usually based on the life of a saint or a story from an Indian epic. It comprises of storytelling, music, drama, dance, poetry, and philosophy. Having its roots in South India, especially in villages of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it aims to imbue truth and righteousness in the minds of people and sow the seeds of devotion in them. The subject for the story can be from any Hindu religious theme. While the narration comprises numerous sub-plots and anecdotes, which are used to emphasise various aspects of the main story. The main story teller is usually assisted by one or more co-singers, who elaborate the songs and Mridangam accompanist.