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Sarpa Pattu

Sarpa Pattu is a ritual art performed in the Nagaraja temples and shrines. ‘Sarpa’ meaning snake and ‘Pattu’ meaning song literally forms the Sarpa Pattu. It is performed in front of a ‘Sarpakalam’ (snake designs on the floor) in a decorated ‘pandal’ (canopy), by a woman of the Pulluvas caste. She dances in a frenzy to the rhythm of the Sarpa Pattu and fall down exhausted. Veena, Kudam and Kaimani are the instruments accompanied.

Updated on 20th November, 2014


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