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Traditional Indian Folk Dances

Traditional Indian Folk Dances

Click on the dancer icons below and find out more about the various traditional Indian folk dances!

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TRADITIONAL INDIAN FOLK DANCES

Mayilattam
(Peacock Dance)

Mayilattam performers wear constumes from head to toe like a peacock, and their dance movements mimic the peacock dancing gracefully.

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TRADITIONAL INDIAN FOLK DANCES

Karakattam
(Water Pot Dance)

Karakattam is an ancient folk dance where women dance gracefully with pots balanced on their heads while performing.

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TRADITIONAL INDIAN FOLK DANCES

Kolattam
(Stick Dance)

The dance is characterised by playing sticks which the performers hold in each hand during the dance. The dancers strike the sticks as they move in circular motion with the rhythm of the music. The striking of sticks produces the main rhythm for the dance movement and this unique feature sets Kolattam folk dance apart from other dances.

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TRADITIONAL INDIAN FOLK DANCES

Poi Kaal Kuthirai Attam
(Horse Dance)

The main attraction of this dance is the richly decorated cardboard horse. The dancer uses this as his dress. He gets into it through the holes made within the horse which makes the dancer look like he or she is riding on a horse.

Check out Indian Heritage Centre’s special dance video for Pongal 2021!

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