Monday, June 28, 2010

Kolattam Stick Dancers

One of Tamil Nadu's traditional dances is the stick dance known as Kolattam. Derived from the words Kol (meaning small stick) and Attam (meaning play), this dance is typically performed by small groups and combines rhythmic movements, the sound of the sticks, and music. The differences between the girls' performances and boys were quite stark. The way the boys whacked each others' sticks while performing complex moves was quite aggressive - wouldn't want to get hit with a wayward stick!

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