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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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