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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.

References[edit]

  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
Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:00:00 -0800

A group of artistes present various dance forms such as 'oyilattam', 'karagattam' and 'Bharatanatyam' on Sundays for about three hours in the evening. R. Gunasekaran, Regional Deputy Director of Art and Culture, said there was an overwhelming response ...

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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:46:56 -0800

Ilayaraja had apparently enjoyed his time and also interacted with the cast and crew of the film. The film about Karagattam, Oyilattam and other traditional art forms has Chezhian wielding the camera and Sasikumar and Varalakshmi playing the leads.

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Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:20:39 -0800

Folk performances such as 'Oyilattam,' 'Karagattam' and 'Thappatam' were also organised. Principal R. Murali said that the celebrations were organised to expose the students to the traditions and culture associated with the festival. Artwork. “Since ...

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The Hindu
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:14:44 -0800

V. Muthuramalingam, Madurai West Taluk Tahsildhar said that as many as 20 students from the Yadava College had been trained by folk artistes from the city to put up performances in 'Oyilattam,' 'Mayilattam,' 'Thappatam,' 'Karagattam' and 'Poikaal ...
 
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Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:33:45 -0800

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:11:15 -0800

The students witnessed 'Thappattam,' 'Oyilattam' and 'Poikkaal Kudhirai' performances and danced to the reverberating beats of the folk artistes.“This is the first time that we are experiencing the traditional way of celebrating Pongal as the festival ...

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:41:37 -0700

Farmers in Marutham came up with the ettra paattu as a way to make the labour of drawing water from the well, lighter, explains Ms. Lakshmi. Students performed various traditional folk forms such as the silambam, thapattam, oyilattam and naatupura pattu.
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