Urumulu or thunder dance is predominant in Anantapur District
of Andhra Pradesh
. Its name is derived from an instrument called ‘Urumu
’, which sounds like thunder.
Urumulu, a religious dance, is performed to pay honor to Goddess Akkamma (a Hindu goddess). The dancers wear big turbans and ornaments around the neck. They apply turmeric to their faces and put ‘namam’ (a U shaped mark with a vertical stripe in between) on forehead. The artistes move in circles, employing different styles and footsteps. Devotional songs are sung by them while dancing.