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FOLK  DANCES OF TAMIL NADU 

 

Karakattam, Kummiattam, Kolattam, Pinnal kolattam and Poikkal Kuthirai are important folk dance forms in Tamil Nadu.

Kargam:

It is the most common form of folk dance in Tamil Nadu. It is essentially part of a ritual and is performed by men balancing pots filled with uncooked rice, surrounded by a tall conical bamboo frame covered with flowers. The musical accompaniment comprises a drum and a long pipe.

Kolattam:

Here instead of clapping, the participants hold small wooden rods in their hands and strike these in rhythm as they dance.

Kummi:

In this dance, which is performed by the womenfolk of Tamil Nadu, the dancers gather in a circle and clap their hands as they dance.

Kuravanji:

It is performed by the wandering girls.

Poikkal Kuthirai:

This dance involves false-legged dummy horse.

Puli Vesham:

As part of the Muslim observance of Muharram, men disguised as tigers go about in the streets dancing what is known as Puli Vesham or Tiger Disguise.

 



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