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Oyilattam (Tamil: ஒயிலாட்டம்; meaning: dance of grace) is a folk dance with origins in the Madurai region of Tamil Nadu.[1] The dance has its origins in southern Tamil Nadu and is primarily performed in Madurai district, Tirunelveli district and Tiruchirapalli district.[2] It was traditionally a dance where a few men would stand in a row and perform rhythmic steps to the musical accompaniment, with the number of dancers increasing; over the past ten years women have also started performing this dance. Typically, the musical accompaniment is the Thavil and the performers have coloured handkerchiefs tied to their fingers[3] and wear ankle bells. Oyilattam is one of the folk arts identified for mainstreaming by the tamil university.[4] Mainly Oyilattam is performed at village festivals. It is basically describing the great epics like ramayana, mahabaratha and also lord muruga's history.


  1. ^ "Folk dances". Seminar: the monthly symposium (Romeshraj Trust): 35. 1993. 
  2. ^ "Oyilattam". Govt of Tamil Nadu, South Zone Cultural Centre. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  3. ^ "In tradition's footsteps". Chennai, India: The Hindu. October 29, 2003. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  4. ^ Kumar, B Aravind (July 27, 2009). "Academics find blueprint to revive Tamil folk arts". The Times of India. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 

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The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0700

Kathirvel, a Oyilattam performer from Kasampatti village near Melur sees the Chithirai procession as an opportunity to exhibit his skills. “I don't get paid to dance here. Yet, I and few of my friends have been participating for the last two years as a ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 05:45:00 -0700

Along with Oyilattam, Thappu and Parai, Karagam, Poi-kaal Kuthirai and Mayilattam, Thangapandiyan focuses on Silambam and recently has ventured into teaching Mallar Kambam, an ancient form of gymnastics. All he takes from the students is a Guru ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:18:54 -0700

... Tiruvaiyaru, Kurathiattam by students of Annamalai University, Chidambaram, karagattam, Oyilattam and Kavadi by students of Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science, Perambalur, Thappattam by Chakra Trust volunteers and Tamil drama by ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Fri, 01 May 2015 08:45:09 -0700

To keep the tempo of the parade, there will be performances of Karagattam and Oyilattam en route. The entire pageant will also get three random stops. At the starting point for the opening ceremony, college students will recite poems and sing ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:09:59 -0700

Satyamanickam, founder, Maiyam Veethi Nataka Iyakkam, is the resource person for street theatre, and Balpandian, master in several folk dance forms such as 'pari', 'oyilattam', 'kummi', 'sattaikuchi' and 'kolattam', is the resource person for the folk ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 31 May 2015 17:00:00 -0700

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The Hindu
Sun, 17 May 2015 17:15:48 -0700

As part of the 'padayatra', 'oyilattam' and 'chendamelam' performances were organised. Party men were dancing to the tunes being played. Many children dressed up like gods and goddesses too were part of the 'victory walk'. Party supporters from areas ...

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:39:08 -0700

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