The plot is congruent with and precedes Uthara Swayamvaram. Keechaka is a classical example of Kathakali’s fascination with anti-hero. A boorish character from Mahabharatha is transformed to a nuanced womaniser with many shades in this play. Sairandrhi, the consort of Pandavas in disguise is the object of Keechaka’s lust. While his misdemeanours are unpardonable, the character often endears himself by his all too human weaknesses. Bhima, disguised as Valala the cook comes to the rescue of Sairandhri. Kichaka’s attraction proves fatal. But so powerful is the impression he leaves that the play often appears as a tragedy to the connoisseur rather than a hero thrashes villain tale. In Irayimman Thampi’s signature style, beautiful verses set to delectable music makes Keechakavadham a connoisseur’s dear delight.