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Andhranatyam:  This dance is a 2000-year old temple dance performed by ‘devadasis’ as a form of worship. ‘Agama Nartanam, Carnatakam and ‘Darbari Aatam’ are different forms of Andhranatyam. During the period of Hinayana Buddhism, this art form was practised as ‘Nruthyam’ or a form of worship to God[i]. Dr Nataraja Ramakrishna and Nagalakshmi are dedicated to this art form.


Bathkamma:  It is a folk dance practised in the Telangana region by newly married women.


Dappu Dance: This dance owes its name to the use of ‘dappu’, a percussion instrument.


Kolatam: Kolatam, Kolannalu or Kol Kolannalu’ is a form of the "stick dance" performed by men and women, which can be traced back to the 7th century A.D. In the ‘Jada Kolatam’, a group of 16 to 18 dancers weave a plait, while playing on the sticks and making intricate movements.


Mayura Dance: It is practised by the Kondh tribes during marriages and festivals. 'Pirodi' is the flute used during this dance.


Perini: The ‘Perini Thandavam’ is a war dance performed by males. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this dance gained popularity under the rule of the Kakatiyas. Dr Nataraja Ramakrishna is responsible for the renaissance of Perini.


Puli Vesham:Puli Vesham’ or the "Tiger Dance" is one of the most popular folk dance forms in Andhra Pradesh and is usually performed in open-air during festivals.


Siddi Dance: It is practised by ‘Siddis’ (Abyssinians/Habshis), who are people of Afro-Arabian origin.


Tappetagullu: It is a festival dance form performed dominantly by the men folk in the ‘Yadava’ community, mainly in the north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam.


Veer Natyam: Veer Natyam is performed to worship Veerbhadra, who was believed to have been created by Lord Shiva from his ‘Jatajhuta’ or hair.  It is commonly performed in Draksharama, which is supposed to be the birthplace of Veerbhadra.


[i] Dr Ausaf Sayeed;'Trends in Indian Culture and Heritage',  pp.132-33, Har Anand Publications Pvt. Ltd, 2012, 579 pages



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