‘Karakattam’, ‘Kummiattam’, ‘Kolattam’, ‘Pinnal kolattam’ and ‘Poikkaalguthirai’ are important folk dance forms in Tamil Nadu.
Kargam is performed by men, who balance pots filled with uncooked rice. ‘Kolattam’ is a variation of this dance, which is also associated with the fertility cult.
Kummi dance is performed by the women who gather in a circle and clap their hands.
Kuravanji is performed by the wandering girls.
Poikkal Kuthirai :
Poikkal Kuthirai dance involves false-legged dummy horse.
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.