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Oyilattam



Oyilattam, which literally means 'Dance of Beauty', is generally performed near the temples or public places, mainly in the morning and evening hours. It is a popular dance form in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, especially in Kongu Nadu. Traditionally, the dance was only performed by men but ten years ago women also began to participate. Styles of Oyilattam differ from place to place.

The dance starts with rhythmic steps, few people stand in a row and starts dancing accompanied by music. Slowly, the row becomes longer as the new comers and guests join and dance. The dancers wear ankle-bells.



Updated on 9th September, 2014

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