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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
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:11:15 -0800

Four minutes. A maximum duration of four minutes will be given. Folk dances such as 'karagam,' 'kavadi,' 'thappattam,' 'oyilattam' and, 'poikal kuthirai' would be encouraged. The first prize winners will participate in the State-level competition ...
The Hindu
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:33:31 -0800

The students participating in the folk dance events presented karagam, kavadi, thappattam, oyilattam, and poikal kuthirai. The prizes to the winners will be distributed at the inaugural of the drama festival planned shortly, according to B. Hemanathan ...
The Hindu
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:00:00 -0800

In folk section, traditional style such as karagam, kavadi, thappattam, oyilattam and poikal kuthirai will be encouraged. A release from B. Hemanathan, regional assistant director of Department of Art and Culture, issued here on Wednesday said that the ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 16:04:16 -0800

Performances included folk dance forms like Thappattam, Oyilattam, Kolattam, and tribal dances as well by the Mohanam Cultural Centre. Traditional games. Visitors to the Pongal Bazaar also got to see demonstrations of stone and wood carving, and see ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:55:39 -0800

Organised by Pavendar Bharathidasan Tamil Ilakkiya Mandram of the university, the celebration witnessed folk arts and rural sports of Tamil Nadu such as karagattam , silambam , oyilattam , bharathanatyam , uriyadi , procession on bullock carts ...
The Hindu
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 16:04:30 -0800

Folk artistes performed various traditional art forms including karakattam, oyilattam, naiyandi melam and silambattam to entertain the tourists. Students from the Madurai Kamaraj University, studying tourism management, accompanied the foreigners and ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:37:30 -0800

Kannan Kumar, a folk artist who has been teaching for five decades, patiently teaches steps from classical forms of folk dance like devarattam, oyilattam, sevayattam and more. Most dancers of this amateur group, called The Folk Repertory, started out ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sun, 17 Jan 2016 14:41:15 -0800

A number of folk dances like kollattam, karagattam, oyilattam and marital arts such as silambam were performed around the Pongal pot. The Pongal delicacy was prepared by the students and faculty. This was followed by cultural contests. The Pongal ...

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