Unit Urusan International (Unit of International Affairs) ISI Yogyakarta bekerjasama dengan Kedutaan besar India menggelar pertunjukan tari rakyat dari Tamilnadu India Selatan yang akan pentas pada hari selasa tgl 19 mei 2015 di gedung concert hall ISI Yogyakarta. Pertunjukan tari ini terdiri dari Karagattam, Kolattam,Tari Merak, dan Kaaliattam.

A folk dance of Tamil Nadu from south India will be performed on Tuesday, May 19th 2015 at 7 pm @  Concert Hall ISI Yogyakarta.
The journey of performances consists of Karagattam, an eye cacthing rustic dance; Kolattam, an ancient village art; Peacock Dance, an alluring folk dance; Kaaliattam, a dance related to goddess Kaali; and Oyillattam, the dance of beauty


Tamilnadu is a priceless gem in the spiritual garland of the States adoring the neck of Mother India. An anchor of ancient civilization, Tamilnadu shapes India’s Southern boundary with Goddess Kanyakumari standing in penance on its southern most in the Triveni of three Seas.

This is an ancient soil where innumerable Saints and Sages are perceived to be living in formless state thus by enriching and illuminating it with a rare aura of inherent charm and innate peace. A number of shrines rising on the abode of these diving Siddhars, constantly vibrating their holy influence serve ever as the perennial reservoir of spiritual power to the whole humanity to charge its spirit and replenish the energy. So, naturally all the arts and the culture of this State breathing the fragrance of religion abound in unspoken wonders, magical charm and magnificent splendour. Its folk song literature ever bubbles with pulsating puzzles as its ancient music and Bharathanatyam enthrall and elevate the soul to higher cosmic planes. This Soil’s inherent potential of mute divinity ever beacons all the souls around the earth to come, to complete their perfection and feel their own in this realm of peace divine.


It is a form of eye catching rustic dance. Performance carry decorated and vertically piled pots on their heads donning colorful costumes dancing in a lively manner to the tune of Nadaswaram music and the rhythm of Thavil keeping vigilantly their attention to the pots on their heads and not allowing them to fall. The orchestral music providing the rhythm to the dance is called Naiyandi Melam


Kolattam is an ancient village art. This is performed by men and women with two sticks held in each hand, beaten to make a rhythmic sound. Pinnal Kolattam is danced with ropes which the women hold in their hands, the other of which a tied to a tall pole. With planned steps, the women skip over each other, which forms intricate lace-like patterns in the ropes. As colored ropes are used, this lace looks extremely attractive. Again, they unravel this lace reversing the dance steps. This is performed starting with the new moon night after Deepavali.

Peacock Dance

 In this type of alluring folk dance, the dancer wears the mask of a peacock and its feather and dances to the tune of music imitative to the movement and gait of the peacock.


The artistes wear the masks of kaali and also its features and dance to the tune of music and the movement of kaali nardhanam


Oyil means beauty. This dance is hence the dance of beauty. Traditionally, it is danced by men and women to participate. This dance is prevalent in the south districts of Tamil Nadu. First a few people will stand in a row and start dancing with rhythmic steps with musical accompaniment. The dancers wear ankle-bells. Normally, the dance is performed with the accomplishment of musical instruments and songs. It is performed near the temples or public places in the morning and evening hours, at times even till midnight.

Nandhi (Bull) Dance

The artistes wear the masks of bull and also its features and dance to the tune of music and limited of the movement and gait of the bull

Naiyandi Melam

Naiyandi of Chinna Melam is intended purely as an accompaniment to a few folk dances to cater the taste of the village audience. The orchestra consists of two Nadaswarams (Wind Instruments), two Thavils (percussion instruments), Pambai. The Peculiarity of the Naiyandi Malem is that the instrumentalists also dance while playing their instruments.