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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
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.

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:52:19 -0800

They presented karagattam, kavadiattam, kolattam, oyilattam, thappattam, kai silambattam, naiyyandi melam and folk song performances. Monday's programme came to a close with Chennai Tamizharasu Theatres of T. Balasundaram performing 'Sri ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:30:00 -0800

It was a unique experience for a group of tourists from foreign countries in the city on Wednesday as they were exposed to the Tamils' culture and civilisation at a three-hour long 'Pongal tourism' celebrations organised jointly by the district ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:48:45 -0800

The college plans to conduct traditional games and folk performances such as 'karagattam,' 'oyilattam,' 'thappattam,' 'mayilattam' and 'silambattam' during its Pongal celebrations. Many schools had cultural programmes lined up with folk dances and ...

Hindu Business Line

Hindu Business Line
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:53:44 -0700

A Christian Left ideology permeates all their works. “I really would not be where I am without the help of the Kalai Kuzhu,” Janagi says. “We used to perform Paraiyattam, Oyilattam and various other folk forms across villages in our areas. In the years ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:52:30 -0800

Cultural programmes included the dhol cholom dance of Manipur, sambalpuri folk dance of Odisha, garba dance of Gujarat, mayilattam, karagattam, oyilattam and thappattam of Tamil Nadu. As many as 25 floats highlighted the various welfare schemes of the ...
The Star Online
Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:32:59 -0800

The three folk traditions selected are each fascinating in their own right: karagattam, an intricate dance performed while balancing a decorated pot of water on the head; oyilattam, a graceful, enthusiastic dance involving rhythmic footwork; and ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:56:15 -0800

It was followed by folk dances like Kollatam and Oyilattam where the performers danced around the Pongal pot. The pongal was prepared in the presence of the students by the headmistress and the staff members. Chief guest Ajayan Bala, screenplay writer, ...

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