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Dances

Dances in Madurai

 
Ballads, folk dances, dramas and songs of Madurai have rich cultural heritage.
Madurai is place were “Muthamil Sangam” was created and preserved. It is popularly called as “Sangam Vaithu Tamil Valartha Madurai”. It is known for Iyal (Literature), Isai (Music) and Nadagam (Drama), which had their roots in the rural folk dances. The various types of folk dances include Karagattam, Theru Koothu, Devaraattam, Kummi, Kavadiattam, Poikkal Kudhirai attam, Kai Silambu attam, Puli Attam, Mayilattam, Thappaattam, Kollatam, Kazhai Kottu, Chakkai attam, Bommalattam or Puppet Show, Bagavatha Nadanam, Oyilattam, Urummi Attam, Kamandi or Kaman Pandigai, Kali Attam, Sevai Attam, Villu Pattu.

Madurai is famous for Bharatha Nattiyam and Carnatic music. It has yielded number of famous personalities in music and Bharatha Nattiyam, who are shining all over the world. Some of the famous Carnatic singers include M.S. Subbulakhsmi, Madurai Mani Iyer, T. N. Seshagopalan, Madurai N.  Krishnan, and so on. One of the famous Bharatha Nattiyam dancer’s from Madurai is Rukmini Devi Arudale. Hundreds of personalities have developed and are spreading the Indian culture and tradition all over the world. One of the famous ballad often delivered in Madurai is the ballad Desingu Rajan Kadhai.
 
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